Deputy Who Shot 13 Year Old Carrying Toy Gun to Return to Work

December 11 2013
by GSL Staff
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user29216-1382499729-media1You might remember back in October the story we reported where Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies shot and killed a 13 year old boy who was carrying a toy AK-47 while walking down the street.

The involved officers were placed on administrative leave.

Now those officers, including the officer who fired the lethal shots, will be back on the job this week according to SF Gate.

According to the SF Gate article,

Erick Gelhaus has been on leave since the Oct. 22 shooting of Andy Lopez Cruz, who was carrying a replica AK-47 pellet gun near his home.

Gelhaus went through a mental health screening and is returning to desk duty, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. The sheriff’s office did not return calls from The Chronicle seeking comment.

Critics of Gelhaus, outraged that the deputy will be back on the job, are planning to march in protest Tuesday evening. They said the department should wait until outside investigations of the incident by Santa Rosa police and the county district attorney’s office are complete.

The shooting of the teen also sparked protests immediately following the shooting.

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