A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by police officers when they saw him carrying a very real-looking fake rifle in Santa Rosa, California, yesterday afternoon.
CBS News reports that Rodrigo Lopez identified the boy as his son, Andy, and said the replica assault weapon was a “toy gun” that belonged to a friend.
Police said that two Sonoma County deputies were on patrol around 3 p.m. when they came across a boy walking with what looked like a large rifle.
The deputies immediately called for backup and ordered the boy to drop the weapon. While it is not yet clear how the teen responded to these orders, whatever he did caused the deputies to fire multiple rounds at him.
They then handcuffed the unresponsive teen, administered first aid and called for medical assistance. Lopez was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Police didn’t discover the rifle was fake until after the scene was secured. The deputies also found a plastic handgun in the boy’s waistband.
It is unclear as to whether the toy gun was capable of firing BBs or other projectiles.
Rodrigo Lopez told The Press Democrat that he last saw his son Tuesday morning before he left for work.
“I told him what I tell him every day,” he said. “Behave yourself.”
The Sonoma County Police Department has yet to release the names of the two deputies, both of whom have been placed on administrative leave.
Via: CBS News, Top Photo Courtesy: Santa Rosa Sherif County/CBS