Police say boy killed by deputy had turned toward him with fake rifle
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (MCT) — A 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle was fatally shot by a Sonoma County, Calif., sheriff’s deputy when the youth turned the barrel in his direction, police said Wednesday.
A single deputy fired at Andy Lopez, killing him on the sidewalk at the edge of an empty lot in Santa Rosa, Lt. Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department said during a news conference, according to The Press-Democrat newspaper.
“The deputy’s mind-set was that he was fearful that he was going to be shot,” Henry said.
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