Andy Lopez was said to be carrying an AK-47 replica. It shoots pellets, not bullets.
A deputy saw the boy with the very real looking gun. He shot the boy three times.
The Santa Rosa Police Department is conducting the investigation. Lt. Paul Henry said, “He was holding the weapon in his left hand. He began to turn toward his right in the direction of the deputy, and so doing he moved the gun toward the direction of the deputy. And the deputy’s mindset was that he was fearful that he was going to be shot.”
Witness Ismael Mondragon tells a different story, that he didn’t hear the deputy tell Andy to put down the gun and that the whole thing happened in a matter of seconds.
“He pulled over to the kid walking, to the kid walking side, and he just opened the door and shoot him, three shots on it,” said Mondragon.
The deputy and another on scene are on leave, but the department is not saying who they are.
Meanwhile, the community remembers who Andy was; who they say was a good kid.