Early Saturday morning, a San Diego, California teen armed with a BB gun was shot and killed by two police officers who reportedly thought the gun was a real one. The 15-year-old teen male was outside his high school, Torrey Pines High School, reportedly “brandishing” the BB gun, when the police officers arrived on the scene.
The New York Daily News reported that the San Diego police were called to the high school by the teen. According to CBS San Diego, the high school is located at “3710 Del Mar Heights Road in the Carmel Valley neighborhood.” The police stated the teen had called 911 to have a welfare check performed, on himself, they later found out, and claimed he was unarmed.
When the two police officers arrived at approximately 3:30 a.m., they saw the teen boy with the BB gun in his waistband. FOX News reported that the teen grabbed his BB gun from his waistband and allegedly pointed it towards the police officers as they got out of their patrol car and approached him.
A spokesman for the San Diego Police Department, Lt. Holden, said that the male teen in the parking lot of the Torrey Pines High School pointed the BB gun at one of the officers and headed towards him. The officers demanded the teen to put down his gun, but the boy did not comply with their orders.
Holden said both of the police officers feared “for their safety” and shot their guns at the teen. They struck the teen “numerous times,” according to Holden. The officers then phoned the paramedics and performed first aid on the teen until an ambulance arrived.
The San Diego Police Department later stated that the teen was armed with “a semi-automatic BB air pistol.” Holden stated that one of the police officers had been with the department four years. He said the other officer was a veteran of 28 years on the force.
The teen was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Both of the police officers had on body cameras during the shooting incident, according to KFMB-TV. The police have notified the boy’s family, but they have not released the name of the teen, “because of his age.”
A 15-year-old teen armed with a BB gun was shot by two police officers in San Diego, California, early Saturday morning after he called them to do a welfare check on a teen in the parking lot in front of his high school. The teen was himself, the officers later learned. The names of the police officers will be released in a few days “per SDPD protocol.” Pending the results of an internal investigation, both officers will be placed on desk duty.
By John Samuels
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