Better Safe Than Sorry?
SANTA ROSA, CA – Deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was playing with a toy gun that was a replica of an assault rifle. Officers saw the boy playing with the weapon and ordered him to drop the weapon before shooting him with several rounds.
The boy fell to the ground dying, whereupon officers placed him in handcuffs before attempting to administer first aid. He was also found with a fake toy handgun in his waistband.
The boy’s mother was reportedly grief stricken stating, “Why did they kill him? Why?”
Tuesday’s incident was the third fatal officer-involved shooting in Sonoma County this year. The officers have not yet been identified but have been placed on administrative leave.