A 13-year-old shot by police in Santa Rosa on Tuesday (Oct. 22) has died. The 13-year-old boy was reportedly shot by two Sonoma County deputies who thought that the boy was carrying a rifle. According to a report from Thursday (Oct. 24), it was only a replica pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.
On Wednesday night (Oct. 23), hundreds of people marched in support of Andy Lopez, taking part in a protest about how the situation was handled. The volatile nature of the situation has led to the department not releasing the name of the two deputies that were involved in the shooting. Both have already been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted by police from Santa Rosa and Petaluma and the district attorney's office.
According to another report, several rounds were fired after the deputies that confronted Lopez had repeatedly ordered him to drop his "weapon." They also stated that a second one could be seen in his waistband, but that one turned out to be plastic upon closer examination. The story of the 13-year-old shot by police is an extremely tragic one with more questions than answers about what took place that night.
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