A teenager carrying a replica AK-47 was shot and killed by police officers near Santa Rosa, California on Tuesday afternoon. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police rolled up behind Andy Cruz in a squad car, confronted him about the perceived weapon, and as he turned around, one of the officers fired several rounds.
In a press conference, Lt. Paul Henry said that the officers reported that the barrel of the toy gun wasrising as Cruz turned around, and that "The deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner and the safety of the community members in the area."
Local police and the district attorney are investigating the incident, which has understandably angered many in the community. The 13-year-old's death appears to be a tragedy that could have been avoided, and one person described the police to the Chronicle as "trigger-happy." A statement from the Santa Rosa City School District said, "This is a tragic event for family, schools and the community. His administrators and teachers will remember him as kind, intelligent and capable."