13-year-old shot while holding toy gun

Police-lightsSANTA ROSA, CA – A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by two Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies on Tuesday, after deputies mistook a toy gun for the real thing.

The boy was walking along Moorland Ave in Santa Rosa with a replica assault weapon around 3 p.m. Tuesday when the two deputies ordered the teen to drop the weapon.

According to Lt. Dennis O’Leary, the deputies repeatedly made the request to drop the gun before opening fire on the teen, later identified as Andy Lopez.

Deputies handcuffed the boy and started emergency treatment for his wounds, but Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies also found a plastic handgun in Lopez’s waistband.

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the “terrible loss of Andy Lopez, his family, the family’s loved ones, friends, our community, and the members of the Sheriff’s Office.”

Freitas assured everyone that the “Sheriff’s Office is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Santa Rosa Police Department, Petaluma Police Department, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and we will continue to do so for the duration of the investigation.”

For questions regarding the ongoing investigation please contact Lieutenant Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department at 707-543-3668.

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