Teenager Andy Lopez was playing with a fake rifle when a sheriff's deputy in a Northern California town mistook it for a real gun. The veteran officer fired eight rounds and killed the boy. The community is now devastated and the funeral for Lopez is later today.
The reports are that the officer asked the boy to drop the weapon and he didn't drop it, CNN's Dan Simon reports.
Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas says he can't go into details of the case but he confirms the deputy who fired the shots is Eric Gelhaus, a 24 year member of the force and a veteran of the Iraq war.
Investigators say that only ten seconds passed from the moment Gelhaus and his partner reported a suspicious person to when they called back to report that shots were fired.
Lieutenant Paul Henry from the Santa Rosa Police Department spoke with "New Day's" Chris Cuomo Tuesday.
Cuomo raised the point that there's been a history in the community of issues with police. Henry does not address the ethnicity or socioeconomic status of the area in his response. He simply says citizens must wait for the investigation to continue.
"The message to the community, what we would ask for at this point, I guess is patience. We are in the very early stages of this investigation. It will take a number of weeks, in fact, it will take months, to complete the investigation, and once we have done that – we'll forward it to the District Attorney's office, they will review the entire investigation, they'll determine if there's more information necessary and ultimately, they'll make a decision about the criminal culpability on the part of the people involved."
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