Cops Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old Carrying Toy Gun In Neighborhood

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Police in Northern California shot a 13-year-old boy to death Tuesday after spotting the youngster walking through a residential area with a toy rifle reportedly resembling an AK-47.

According to a report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, two Sonoma County deputies on patrol spotted 13-year-old Andy Lopez as he walked with what appeared to be a rifle in a Santa Rosa neighborhood. The deputies said that they ordered the boy to drop the toy firearm; and when he didn’t, the officers opened fire.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office described the incident thusly in a press release:

The two deputies repeatedly ordered the subject to drop the rifle and at some point immediately thereafter, the deputies fired several rounds from their handguns at the subject striking him several times. The subject fell to the ground and landed on top of the rifle he was carrying.

After several commands ordering the subject to move away from the rifle deputies approached and placed him in handcuffs. At this point the subject was unresponsive. After securing the rifle the deputies began administering first aid and requested emergency medical aid from fire and ambulance. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene by the responding paramedics.

The department also provided a picture of the toy gun, which the officers involved reportedly only realized to be a replica after Lopez was shot. According to the Press Democrat, Lopez also had a toy handgun on his person when the police killed him.

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After Lopez was shot, the officers said they approached the unconscious teen as he lay on the ground and handcuffed him before administering first aid and calling for medical assistance.

This incident is only the latest, and most tragic, in a long list of incidents involving panicky adults assuming the very worst at the sight of children playing with toy guns.

In September, two seventh-graders in Virginia were given long-term suspensions from school (similar to expulsion) for playing with toy airsoft guns on private property as they waited for the bus in the front yard of the 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo’s Virginia Beach home. A neighbor, ironically the mother of one of the boys playing in the “airsoft gun war,” called the cops to complain when she saw the youths wielding the orange-tipped mock weapons.

And in July, evidently tired of hearing reports of adults overreacting at the sight of anything resembling a firearm in any way or at the mention of firearms, Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) introduced a bill that would protect the “harmless expressions of childhood play” and disallow educators to teach youngsters to “be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns.” Stockman’s bill was named The Student Protection Act, H.R. 2625.

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  • Donald Horneff

    It is time to take all the guns away from the cops!! It’s getting to the point that the second highest cause of under age death, after abortion, is “death by cop!”
    Did this boy actually threaten these cops? Did he point his “gun” at the cops? Then this was not self defense, this was murder, plain and simple.

    • Dave

      I agree. If a civilian shot someone in this manner, they would be charged with murder. Why is it that cops are not held to the same standard as the rest of us?

  • Beverly Golato

    There must have been other methods these deputy’s could have used. Cops are too trigger happy these days. Why not use a tazer or some other non-lethal weapon to subdue this person. None of what is going on these days makes any sense. They arm our troops with rubber bullets and let a mad man shoot up a Navy yard, train foreign troops while they are only armed with rubber bullets and got a bunch of our guys killed because of it. This is stupid thinking and it is rooted in the assumption that any citizen in this country with a gun is a terrorist while the real terrorists get their behind kissed by our president and liberals.

  • Mike Peach

    I guess it’s time for a police officer to respond. In the last teo days, young teens have killed two teachers. Kids are capable of killing. The suspect was told to drop the gun. The suspect turned and pointed the gun at the cops. What would you do? If you think rubber bullets and Tasers are adequate against a rifle, get yourself some tools and patrol the streets.

    • rivahmitch

      Yeah, right! Next you progressive thugs will try to make toy knives and toy guns illegal to avoid the confusion of simple minds.. Bottom line: The government is at war with the citizens. Don’t be surprised when the citizens reciprocate. Semper Fi!

      • Mike Peach

        Maybe if parents would take an interest in the lives of their children, things would not have devolved so much. No one takes resposibility for themselves or their children. Did the kid’s parents tell him to not point a gun at people?

        • Dave

          Maybe if law enforcement would hold themselves to the same standard to which the rest of us are held, things would not have devolved so much. If law enforcement would discipline their own in the same manner in which they discipline others, things would not have devolved so much. Law enforcement refuses to take responsibility for their own actions. People are only following their example.

        • rivahmitch

          Guess you’re one of a generation that never played “Cowboys and indians”, “Cops and Robbers” or “War” when you were a kid. Sorry for the loss of your childhood.

    • Dave

      Maybe I missed it, but is there a video of the incident? I would like to see it. I don’t trust anything that law enforcement says, as they are trained liars.

      • Mike Peach

        Thank you for calling me a trained liar. Does that make you a trained,whiny citizen who will not do anything for yourself. Next time you have a problem, call someone other than a cop.

        • Dave

          Actually, I don’t call the cops. I learned this lesson the hard way, after what I was put through by law enforcement, when my 12 year old daughter was violently raped by two adult males.

        • chocopot

          I don’t call the cops, either, ever since my wife was attacked by a drugged-up lowlife in broad daylight on a city street five blocks from the local precinct station. After she fortunately managed to break free, she called 911 – NO ONE EVER CAME.

        • michiganminuteman

          I never call a cop when I have a problem, it just compounds the problem.

          • Mike Peach

            I’m sure all of the LEO’s in your area appreciate that. Maybe you do not call 911 because you , also, are a criminal.

          • michiganminuteman

            Ya know what? It’s not very nice to assume that just because someone is self reliant that they are a criminal? It does though, tell me much about you. Police get to a crime seen just in time to do the paperwork.

      • Mike Peach

        Here are a few news articles. One must use many sources of information before forming an opinion. A Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy twice told the boy to drop the weapon, but he instead raised it in the deputy’s direction, police said at a news conference Wednesday. http://portal.truvista.net/news/read/category/Top%20News/article/ap-calif_sheriffs_deputies_shoot_kill_13yea-ap-2

        http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/24/13-year-old-gunned-down-by-deputies-pointed-toy-gun-at-them-before-shooting/
        http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/national/dozens-march-remember-boy-killed-deputies/nbXW9/

        • Dave

          I realize that the cops are saying that this kid pointed the toy at them. But did he? None of the links you provided showed video of the incident from beginning to end. One of the articles stated that the deputies said that they shouted to this kid from behind. It is not unnatural to turn around when someone shouts at you from behind. Maybe they shouted at him from behind knowing that he would more than likely turn around to see who was shouting at him. Also there is a witness to the incident that is telling a different story than the one that the cops are broadcasting. A civilian would never get away with shooting another person under these same circumstances, let alone a kid. If a civilian had shot this kid, they would at the very least be sitting in jail right now with their name and picture plastered all over the media. My opinion of law enforcement comes from over 30 years of observing firsthand the immoral and many times criminal actions of numerous LEOs. I simply do not trust them. I do not call them when I have an issue that needs handled. My experience is that they only add insult to injury.

          • Mike Peach

            How did you come to observe LEO’s for 30 years? Maybe you are a prisoner and none of your opinions are valid.

          • Dave

            My employment over the years, has put me in more contact with law enforcement than the average person would experience. Also, the aforementioned case was a real eye opener. You seem to be, just another overly sensitive, smart-a$$ed LEO. How have you conducted yourself, ever since the first time that badge was pinned on you? Incidentally, I’ve never been arrested.

          • Mike Peach

            I was wondering when you would resort to name calling. Ass is not spelled with $$. With all of your contact, either you are a smart-assed lawyer or someone else on the wrong side of the law.

          • Dave

            I only insinuated that you might be an overly sensitive, smart-a$$, just like you insinuated that I might be incarcerated. As to your little spelling lesson……No $#!t Sherlock! Your posts have in fact been showing yourself to be arrogant and condescending. Is that due to your position as an LEO or were you born that way? Oh, and you’ve drawn another wrong conclusion just like the LEOs in the article did, but at least I won’t get shot and killed over it.

          • Mike Peach

            I’m not overly sensitive. I’m just amazed at how people react when they encounter others smarter than they are.

          • Dave

            You must really be amazed by your own reactions to others.

    • Yankeelouie

      Maybe police officers should be able to tell the difference between real and replica.

      • Mike Peach

        You must not have ever had a gun pointed at you. Try it some time.

        • Yankeelouie

          Yes I have. I also know my firearms.

    • independent thinker

      Where in the article does it say the kid pointed the “gun” at the cops? Or for that matter made any aggressive move?

    • Robert Messmer

      Yes kids kill, they even rape and torture. But based on the above article when you say suspect turned and pointed the gun at the cops you are assuming things not presented. The article claims they were on patrol when they spotted him. So we don’t know if they approached him from the rear, side, or front. We also don’t know if the kid was deaf or didn’t understand English (name is Lopez). Unfortunately neither did the officers nor did they have any safe way to determine that. Without more information such as a video or eyewitnesses to the event, this one has to be marked down to a tragic set of circumstances.

      • Scott

        Well Said

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    THESE TRIGGER HAPPY COPS NEED TO BE CHARGED AND CONVICTED! THIS IS WHAT THE OBAMA ADMIN HAS GIVEN US . . CHILD MURDERERS!

  • steve

    you would think they could have shot the boy in the legs and not in the chest . looks like they need more practice on the range.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Why would they shoot him in the first place…He was not threatening anyone…

  • squeeze127

    The root of the issue is the big push to socialism! Why are more guns being purchased under this administration than any other administration? The threat of socialism! What is a counter to socialism? An armed public.

    • FreedomFighter

      These cowards with a badge were in no danger whatsoever, yet still killed a young man. These murders need to go to jail.
      The message is: We will kill your children for playing with gun shaped toys. Ridiculous evil and sadistic.
      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        What is next murder that these Street Thug Cops commit….A kid pointing his finger hike a gun???

        • independent thinker

          Only if he goes POW POW otherwise they will confiscate his finger gun.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            That must mean that they will Amputate the Finger…

          • independent thinker

            or the hand.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Start with the Finger and work from there…

      • squeeze127

        They even shoot people with a knife that posed no immediate threat, they were told he needed his meds and they were asked to help!

        • Protiva

          I’ll bet it could be a retractable toy knife, too…

          • squeeze127

            Yep Jonathan, the all American cop. Shoot first then ask questions! Then tell stories that aren’t true of how his life was on the line, later proving his story wrong with a video.

    • Yankeelouie

      They create the problem they seek to solve.

    • Scott

      Amen

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    Another innocent child gunned down by the gestopo! Answering stupid phone calls by stupid people, shoot first allow god to sort them out is now the normal. Parents we have to unite, put these folks on notice, investigate, then act! Thats number one rule in law enforcement! Get the right house, then act! Arrest the right guy, if a violation of law has been committed. John wayne’s and clint eastwoods on the forces and are poorly trained, they like to shoot their guns at kids? What stupid pukes!

  • dan

    they had to really knock themselves out to photograph the AK from an angle
    that didn’t show the BLASE ORANGE MUZZEL that the cops would have seen had the child pointed it at them….IF the orange had been removed ,then I give the kid a posthumous Darwin Award and cut the cops some slack.

    • Dave

      I want to see proof that the kid actually pointed the toy gun at the cops. If a civilian had shot the kid under the same circumstances, you can bet that they would be sitting in jail right now, blaze orange muzzle or not.

    • Yankeelouie

      Great post, but lost on liberal idiots.

    • independent thinker

      I noticed that as well. Every photo I have seen (quite possibly the same photo turned differently) of the “gun” has been from an angle that did not show the muzzle.

    • Richard Holmes

      NO SLACK!

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    Another example that proves that COPS AND POLICE DEPARTMENT have become nothing but ARMED STREET THUGS….that all Americans need PROTECTION FROM….

    • Richard Holmes

      Lock and load.

  • Yankeelouie

    It is amazing to read and hear the stories of how our military having recently fought two wars on the ground in the Middle East in urban situations, disarmed an insurgent public. Then we read news like this where 2 police officers panic at the sight of a child with a toy gun on our own turf. It’s obvious who the real risk takers are and who are waiting for their pensions.

  • IBCAMN

    yep,add this to the long list of corrupt cops murdering kids(and adults)for nothing.and you know this report is false because cops don’t administer first aid anymore,let alone after they cuff the person!this smells to high heaven…i’m thinking it went more along the lines of,..”drop it!”blam blam blam blam blam blam blam!!five seconds later they call in shots fired!

    check out some videos of the same type of situations,-a deaf man whitteling gets gunned down w/in 10 sec-the video”28 seconds”-deandre brunsten vs. Los Angeles county sheriff dept.(the kid had a flip flop in his hands),don’t sit their and tell me the cops don’t jump the gun for NO REASON!they are armed thugs with the worst training in the world..we are guilty until we prove them wrong,and then they harass you because you mad a fool of them!they are trained to believe we are all guilty of something when they see us or come rolling up on us(most times for no reason)this is the future of LEO’s role,to intimidate and control us!

  • Chris

    I do not blame the cops……….I blame the parents for not educating their children that when they play with toy guns it could get them killed……..ESPECIALLY if someone tells them to drop it and they don’t do it. I am a straight female and one of the toys I played with as a child was guns……….I always had to be a cowgirl on halloween with my pistols at my side; I always played with pop guns and cap guns…….and little boys played with toy machine guns…….no one thought twice about a kid with a gun, but in this day and age with police and others getting murdered at the hands of adult AND underage scum, NO ONE can take any chances……..and I blame the law for that too………blatant murderers and looney tunes are placed in Club Prison instead of being executed…….we need to get rid of the scum of the earth but no one is doing anything about it………too many bleeding hearts……….let’s see what happens when it hits close to THEIR homes. How many innocent people are going to have to be killed before enough is ENOUGH?!?!?!?

    • Mr T

      I blame the media and our PC policies. This NEVER happened when I was a kid, as long ago as that was, boys played that way all the time. Also, you are assuming the cops are telling the truth about what happened.

      • Richard Holmes

        These PIGS saw a weapon.. thought this child was a terrorist and shot him. Then looked to see what the facts were. Then lied about it to save their murdering asses. Arrest them for first degree murder.

        • Dave

          They didn’t see a weapon. They saw a toy.

          • Scott

            Yeah Dave – your such an expert in these scenarios. Do you know how far away the cops were ? No – you don’t. I’ve handled countless weapons over 43yrs and at 10-20 yrds – you can t tell the diff. Not defending the cops and especially here in cali – don’t respect most of them – we really don’t know what happened – thats the problem. Sad when you can’t trust LEO word.

        • Mr T

          Absolutely!

    • Samir Shuman

      Let’s say that it wasn’t a”toy” ….for argument’s sake…let’s say it was a real rifle. Do we assassinate people with rifles on sight in America now? You should blame the cops. You should blame Dianne Feinstein and you should blame yourself.

      • michiganminuteman

        Hell yeah! Well said!

    • Richard Holmes

      That’s bull[expletive deleted]. The child was playing, The pigs were on a killing spree. They shoot first and then check the evidence for justification for their actions. If they don’t find what they need to help then save their asses they lie and/ or fabricate what they need to vindicate themselves. The SS Gestapo aka law officers. The badge they wear does not give them the right to murder and this is just what they did.

    • Scott

      The cops were wrong and right. The parents should have taught proper handling of any weapon. No Habla Engle or not – drop the gun when drawn upon at 13yrs old ( in this situation ). I know and work in this area and its very rural – I grew up carrying pellet guns and .22 as a kid – never had a problem. But then again, that was in a small town in oregon – Not full of california libtards scared by the likes of frankenstein or Bloomscared (ny). Cop over reacted ( shot 7 times ) The officer should be fired and banned from any LEO position. The parents are already paying the price for lack of parenting

  • Chris

    Not really assuming……..I know it’s possible they were lying…..it’s just that cops have so much to fear today from anyone, regardless of age, that is holding a gun; because they can be instantly killed, they are not going to wait around to “see” if it is real or not. I’m sure they did not shoot at a 13-yr old for no reason.

    • Richard Holmes

      No they shoot and then see if they were right. then they lie and cover it up if they are wrong. Hint- They usually are wrong.

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        Correct they ACT First…rather than assess the situtation….when they are not in immediate danger…

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    This story adds more to he Horror that is being perpetrated By THUG COPS…

    Who will protect you from the police? The rise of militarized home invasions

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042631_police_militarization_home_invasions_self_protection.html#ixzz2ifIZ5f5A

  • Carl F Bruschnig Jr

    Personal Liberty, it has been my experience that Disqus has been a problem any every site they are attached to. They are not worth the trouble.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      I have have noticed that Disqus is having major problems… and not just on this site…

  • R Allen

    Did the cops ever think that Lopez didn’t ‘habla Englais’?

    • Richard Holmes

      Well hell no. They are too busy Killing innocent children to worry about an important thing like thinking rationally.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Too many of the Cops take the Shoot First approach….Along with the fact that far too many of them today are Pumped up on Steroids….and have this Attitude that they are Supreme and can do anything that they want to do…

  • TheSilverRanger

    Not only do the cops that killed the boy need to be heckled, but the adults that called the cops both in the Santa Rosa and Virginia Beach case need to be heckled and shamed publicly until those adults either apologize, or commit suicide in disgrace to preserve what honor they have left.

  • Chuckb

    This is what happens when a society gets in the throes of Liberalism, gun control, lack of respect of the lawl and the pressure it puts on the police, We have had toy guns forever, Things didn’t happen like this in my childhood,. Now we have high crime areas, the police are targets for some of the gangs who more or less own the turf because the police have to use restraint, caused by civil rights activists in those communities.
    When they come across a situation where someone points a gun at them and some of these toy guns are realistic, it’s understandable that someone may get shot. Society itself is as guilty for these kind of accidents as the police.

    I have no idea what type of area this happened in and I fully understand the
    action taken by the police. Are they supposed to wait for the bullet aimed at them? The kid refused to lower the ak47 (replica) Just think this boy would still be alive if the neighbor,(no doubt a gun control advocate ) had not called the police. I hope they remember this in their dreams.

  • mnkysnkle

    Even the picture isn’t credible. Sam! What are you doing here?

  • Some Dude

    Has anyone bothered to read the Sonoma County Sheriffs’ Use of Force Policy?

    • Dave

      Could you provide a link to it?