A sheriff's deputy from Santa Rosa, California mistakenly thought he saw a teen carrying an assault rifle on a California street this week and shot him dead. Turns out the 13-year-old boy was carrying two replica fake guns, a hand gun and a AK-47.
The two Sonoma County deputies spotted the boy holding the fake AK-47 and pulled over to approach him. Yelling at the teen to put the weapon down, when the teenager turned around with the fake assault rifle. The deputy sheriff fearing the safety of his partner and himself shot the teenager.
The dead teenager has later been identified as Andy Lopez Cruz by school officials from Santa Rosa, California. "He was a very popular student. He was a handsome young man with many friends and a lovely family. He will be missed," said Lawrence Cook Middle School Assistant Principal Linsey Gannon.
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