Deputies Kill Boy, 13, Carrying Replica Assault Weapon

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (October 23, 2013)—Sonoma County, Calif., sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica assault weapon, authorities and family members say.

Two Sonoma County deputies saw the boy walking with the replica weapon at around 3 p.m. Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O'Leary said the deputies repeatedly ordered the boy to drop what appeared to be a rifle before firing several rounds.

The boy fell to the ground after he was shot.

Deputies handcuffed him and began administering first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

O'Leary says deputies also found a plastic handgun in his waistband.

The boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez, told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa the boy was his 13-year-old son, Andy.

The deputies were not immediately identified.

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