Officers responded to an early morning 911 call to check on a boy in front of the school. What they encountered wasn’t what they expected…
A 15-year old boy made a call to 911 to check on the welfare of an ‘unarmed boy’ (himself) in front of the high school in the middle of the night.
It was just before 3:30 AM when the police officers pulled up in front of Torrey Pines High School in San Diego. The teen appeared to be unarmed, but as the officers got out of their vehicle, he pulled what looked like a handgun from his waistband.
The officers told him to drop the weapon several times, but he didn’t comply — instead, walking towards the police with the weapon raised.
Both officers fired and hit him several times. First Aid was performed and a call was made to paramedics, but the teen was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police shot and killed a 15-year-old student Saturday after he pointed a BB gun at them in a high school parking lot, authorities said.
The Torrey Pines High School student called 911 shortly before 3:30 a.m. to ask officers to check on the welfare of an unarmed boy in front of the school, according to a police statement.
He didn’t name the boy, but investigators later determined he was referring to himself, police said.
The speculation is that this may have been a ‘suicide by cop’ situation.
When two officers arrived, they spotted a youth in the front parking lot. But as they got out of their patrol cars, he pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at an officer, police said.
The officers drew their guns and ordered him to drop the weapon. But instead he began to walk toward an officer, ignoring more demands to drop the weapon, police said.
Both officers fired, hitting him several times. They performed first aid and summoned paramedics, but the teen was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
The gun was found to be a BB air pistol.
Read more: Daily Mail
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This is a tragedy, as it is when there is a preventable death.
What would cause a teen to do such a thing?
How could he have felt this hopeless?
Was there something — anything — someone could’ve done to prevent this tragedy?
All reasonable questions.
But asking why the cops took their action?
They believed they were at risk.
What they did, though tragic, was a reasonable action.
They had to make a split-second decision — shoot or be shot.
I’m sure it was a difficult truth to learn that the weapon was a BB gun.
But this teen didn’t listen when he was told to drop the weapon.
What do YOU think?
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