A 13-year-old boy from Santa Rosa, California was shot and killed by police officers on Tuesday afternoon after he was told by authorities to put down a "replica" rifle he was carrying.
The Press Democrat reports that Andy Lopez -- who was identified as the dead teen by his father Rodrigo Lopez -- had been walking along a field with a toy gun that the father says belonged to his son's friend. Two officers patrolling in the same Santa Rosa neighborhood spotted Lopez walking with what authorities said looked to be a type of rifle. In a news release, Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O'Leary said that the two Sonoma County sheriff's deputies called for backup and then ordered Lopez to drop the gun. Sometime after instructing Lopez to do so, they fired multiple rounds at the teen. According to O'Leary, Lopez was struck several times.
After firing, the officers again ordered Lopez to move away from the rifle. Deputies approached the unresponsive teen and handcuffed him. They then called for medical assistance and administered first aid to Lopez. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Memorial for 13 year old Andy Lopez at his Jr. High school pic.twitter.com/XxymHl1ns0
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