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Deputies shoot, kill 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy

  • Law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a officer involved shooting near the corner of Moorland and West Robles avenues on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by officers after they spotted him carrying what appeared to be a rifle, but was actually a pellet gun modeled after an AK-47. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon during an encounter in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood.

The boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez, identified the teen as Andy Lopez and said he had been carrying a toy gun that belonged to a friend.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the rifle, which sheriff's officials characterized as a replica, was capable of firing BBs or other projectiles.

Rodrigo Lopez said the last time he saw his son was Tuesday morning before he left for work.

"I told him what I tell him every day," he said in Spanish, standing in the doorway of his mobile home near Moorland Avenue and Todd Road. "Behave yourself."


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