Skip to comments.California Sheriff's Deputies Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old
Posted on 10/23/2013 1:44:50 PM PDT by null and void
Two Sonoma County deputies on patrol saw the boy walking with what appeared to be a high-powered weapon Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa, sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary said.
The replica gun resembled an AK-47 with a black magazine cartridge and brown butt, according to a photograph released by the sheriff's office. Deputies would only learn after the shooting that it wasn't an actual firearm, according to O'Leary.
After spotting the boy, the deputies called for backup and repeatedly ordered him to drop the gun, O'Leary said in a news release. It wasn't clear whether he pointed the replica assault rifle at the deputies or made any type of threatening gesture. The sheriff's office referred calls to the Santa Rosa Police Department, which did not immediately return a call for comment.
O'Leary said the deputies fired several rounds from their handguns immediately after issuing the orders to drop the rifle.
"First, I heard a single siren and within seconds I heard seven shots go off, sounded like a nail gun, is what I thought it was," he said.
The boy fell to the ground on top of the rifle, according to O'Leary. He said the deputies ordered him to move away before approaching him and putting him in handcuffs.
They began administering first aid and called for paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene. Deputies also found a plastic handgun in the boy's waistband, O'Leary said. The deputies, who have not been identified, have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard after a shooting, O'Leary said.
The family was back at their mobile home Tuesday night after identifying the boy's body
The newspaper quoted the boy's mother, Sujey Annel Cruz Cazarez, as saying, ""Why did they kill him? Why?"
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Bad training is worse than no training at all.
So, do the police shoot each other? After all, they have guns too!
Prediction: Dems will fight to eliminate the sale of any toy guns.
And, to continue, he didn't respond because he didn't think what he was carrying was a gun. It was a replica. "You talkin' to me?"
You couldn’t pay me enough to be a police officer anywhere these days.
Or the kid just froze. I can see that happening. Maybe law enforcement needs to have the same rules of engagement our military had in Iraq, they cannot fire unless fired at first and then not without permission from central command.
And to think that a close friend and I used to cart our rifles across town to get to a forested area where we could shoot....with no one even giving us a second look....and in Illinois, no less.
Such are the results of liberalism.
To answer her question, they killed him because they could. And to send a message to the slaves.
Sounds like the Deputies around here.
Out on a large farm, in the middle of a crop field, shooting crows with birdshot.
Was treated like a bank robber.
When the cops treat the bad people and the good people equally abusive, who is going to “support their local..or otherwise...police?
Sure was not going to contribute to the cop charities after that.
I can see that happening, too. When confronted by the police, he probably was surprised and didn't know how to react. Of course, there are real criminals as young as 13 years old, but based on the details, it doesn't sound like this boy was a threat to anyone. He was just walking with pretend, plastic toy guns.
Maybe the teen had a death wish or he was mentally retarded or he didn’t speak English??
They didn’t have any dogs around to shoot.
If only they had stayed in their cars....
Apparently there was no dog for the SWAT Team Wannabe’s to shoot...
I would opine that they started shooting right after saying “Drop he gun”. Which it would have to be proved to me they said. Just as soon as 50 or 75 backups got there, they started shooting. and high fived each other,”We got that Mexican son of a bitch”. Along the lines of the former Marine the SWAT murdered in his house in Arizona or maybe in new Mexico.
I asked a local cop if I could by tickets to the Tempe policemans ball. He said the the Tempe PD didn’t have balls
I can belive cops might plant a gun to cover up, but a plastic gun? Along with the fake AK-47? Not enough facts here to make the case either for or against the cops or the boy. But no matter. Let the "All cops are pigs and jack-booted-thugs" crowd have their say here.
I posted this article over at FB FR and all i got was comments defending the cops i was quite shocked.
If a cop murdered my son like that, I’d kill the entire local police force.
From the article:
Andy Lopez was an eighth-grader at Lawrence Cook Middle School, where assistant principal Linsey Gannon said he played trumpet in the band. "Andy was a very loved student, a very popular, very handsome young man, very smart and capable,'" she said Wednesday.
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