A boy with toy gun is fatally shot by California cops, who thought the toy gun was real. While this story does not have a lot of details coming from the police, the father of the boy is speaking out today, according to Reuters on Oct. 23.
The 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy was carrying a toy gun that was a replica of an assault rifle when police happened upon him. The police told him to drop the rifle, but it is not clear just what happened next to explain why the police began shooting.
The bullets started flying from the police guns and the boy was shoot several times, dying on the scene. The deputies were on their daily patrols when they saw the juvenile with the gun. Andy Lopez is the name of the boy who was killed, according to the Lopez family.
The cops who shot the boy didn’t realize that the gun he was carrying was a toy rifle until they approached him as he lay on the ground dead. The child also had a toy hand gun with him too. The cops saw the hand gun for the first time when they approached the child laying on the ground after they shot him.
The police officers involved in the shooting have been put on administration leave which is considered standard procedure after a shooting. The investigation of this incident is underway by the Santa Rosa Police Department as well as other law enforcement agencies who are assisting.
When you think of children playing with toy guns, you think of kids a lot younger than 13 running around playing cowboys and Indians or some type of cops and robbers game. 13 seems a bit old to be playing with a toy rifle. What was the child doing with not one, but two toy guns at his age? No matter what the reason, this still does not excuse a kid getting shot because they are holding a toy gun.