Officers in California Shoot and Kill 13 Year Old Boy Holding Toy Rifle

October 24 2013
by GSL Staff
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Two Sonoma County, CA Deputies are on administrative leave after shooting and killing a 13 year old boy who was carrying a toy gun.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following press release and the above photo.

Based on the photo provided, it does appear that the toy AK-47 was colored to look somewhat realistic and does not appear to have the orange tip most toy guns have.

This afternoon at 3:00PM, two Sonoma County Deputies were patrolling in the area of Mooreland Ave. and West Robles Ave., Santa Rosa. At that time they observed a male subject walking with what appeared to be some type of a rifle. They immediately called for an emergency response from other deputies and officers that were in the area. The two deputies repeatedly ordered the subject to drop the rifle and at some point immediately thereafter, the deputies fired several rounds from their handguns at the subject striking him several times. The subject fell to the ground and landed on top of the rifle he was carrying.

After several commands ordering the subject to move away from the rifle deputies approached and placed him in handcuffs. At this point the subject was unresponsive. After securing the rifle the deputies began administering first aid and requested emergency medical aid from fire and ambulance. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene by the responding paramedics.

The subject of the shooting is an unidentified male who may have lived in the area where this incident occurred. Once the scene was secured deputies learned that the rifle was a replica of an assault weapon. When the deputies searched the subject they also found a plastic hand gun in his waistband. Attached to this press release is a photo of the replica assault weapon the subject was carrying.

Pursuant to the Sonoma County Chiefs of Police Employee Involved Fatal Incident Protocol, this case is being investigated by the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Petaluma Police Department, and the District Attorney’s Office.

The Sonoma County Deputies who were involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave, which is routine for such events.
Any media inquiries for this incident should be directed to the Santa Rosa Police Department per the Critical Incident Protocol.

The Sheriff followed up the press release with this personal statement on the Sheriff Office’s website,

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas issues the following statement regarding the October 22nd shooting on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa.

As a father of two boys about this age, I can’t begin to imagine the grief this family is going through. This is a tragedy on many levels…for the terrible loss of Andy Lopez, his family, the family’s loved ones, friends, our community, and the members of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Santa Rosa Police Department, Petaluma Police Department, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and we will continue to do so for the duration of the investigation.

The public expects that the investigation will be thorough and transparent. As Sheriff, I will do all in my power to see that expectation is satisfied.

My hope is that we can work with the community to help prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the future.

For questions regarding the ongoing investigation please contact Lieutenant Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department at 707-543-3668.

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