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Update: Press release. California Sheriff's Deputies Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old

(AP) Calif. sheriff's deputies shoot, kill 13-year-old
Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said.

Two Sonoma County deputies on patrol saw the boy walking with what appeared to be a high-powered weapon Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa, sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary said.

The replica gun resembled an AK-47 with a black magazine cartridge and brown butt, according to a photograph released by the sheriff's office. Deputies would only learn after the shooting that it wasn't an actual firearm, according to O'Leary.

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From SRPD web site:

"Deputy Involved Shooting Investigation

The Santa Rosa Police Department, in conjunction with the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and Petaluma Police Department, is investigating yesterday’s fatal shooting involving the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation is ongoing and a detailed press release will follow later today.

Lt. Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department will be handling all media inquiries. Lt. Henry can be reached at (707) 543-3668."


Wednesday October 23rd, 2013 :: 04:30 p.m. PDT

Deputy involved shooting press update

TO: News Media

FROM: Lieutenant Paul J. Henry

SUBJECT: Officer Involved Shooting Investigation

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at approximately 3:14 p.m., two deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a fatal incident in which the deputies encountered what appeared to be an armed male in the area of Moorland Avenue and West Robles Avenue in Santa Rosa, California. The male was subsequently shot by one of the deputies and succumbed to his wounds at the scene. Pursuant to the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association Employee Involved Fatal Incident Protocol, the Santa Rosa Police Department has assumed the primary investigative responsibilities into this event. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and Petaluma Police Department are assisting in the investigation.

The investigation is on-going. After interviewing the involved deputies, the witnesses identified to this point, and examining the crime scene, the following information can be released.

The deputies were riding together in the same patrol car. They were driving a marked Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and they were dressed in their standard patrol uniforms. While driving in the area of Moorland Avenue and West Robles Avenue they observed a subject walking northbound on the west side of Moorland Avenue just north of the intersection with West Robles Avenue. The subject was wearing a blue “hoodie” style sweatshirt and shorts.

One of the deputies immediately recognized that the subject was carrying what appeared to be an assault style rifle, similar to an AK-47 assault rifle. The weapon was in the subject’s left hand and his hand was at his left side. The deputies immediately called for emergency assistance from other deputies in the area and they broadcast their location. The deputies continued northbound through the intersection and pulled into the southbound lane and stopped their vehicle. One of the witnesses described that he saw the patrol car’s overhead rotating lights come on and he heard a “chirp” of the vehicle’s siren.

Both deputies exited their vehicle, but maintained cover behind their open passenger door. One of the deputies shouted at the subject to, “put the gun down.” A witness in the area reported that he heard the deputy shout two times to “put the gun down.” Initially, the subject’s back was toward the deputies. When the deputy shouted at the subject, the subject began to turn toward the deputies. One of the deputies described that as the subject was turning toward him the barrel of the assault rifle was rising up and turning in his direction.

The deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner, and the safety of the community members in the area. He believed the subject was going to shoot at him or his partner. The deputy described that he is aware an assault weapon of this type is capable of firing a bullet that can penetrate his body armor, the metal exterior of his car, and the walls of the residential houses behind him. The deputy then fired several rounds from his service weapon at the subject, striking him at least one time. The subject immediately fell to the ground.

The deputies approached the subject, handcuffed him, and immediately began life-saving measures. They called for an emergency medical response and both Fire and EMS were on scene within minutes.

Andy Lopez Cruz, age 13, died at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Recovered at the scene were a replica AK-47 assault style rifle, and a replica of a handgun. The rifle was located on the ground next to the subject. The handgun was located concealed in the waistband of the subject. The rifle had a brown stock and fore grip, and a dark colored plastic body. It did not have the traditionally orange tip of a replica firearm. The handgun was clear plastic and did have an orange tip at the end of the barrel.

The Santa Rosa Police Department, in conjunction with the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and Petaluma Police Department continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 543-3590.

Any further press inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Paul Henry at (707) 543-3668.

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Remember Oscar Grant

He didn't have a gun, he was face down w/2 cops sitting on him and was shot in the back.

Fake rioters were bussed in to make violent protest. The same thing happened with the Oakland occupy.

Can we stop doing all the things we are doing that we do not want to do while still doing what we need to do?

If his actions

was of no infringment on anothers right to life, property or contract, no one had the right to disarm him or harm him in any way.

Even if he had toys and/or functional firearms.

The creation, production and fair exchange of values is the business of evolving consciousness, love and life.--Craig Johnson

Real weapons kill, why indemnify the cops?


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Of Course it's a Replica!

How many 13yr old's have an FFL for a machine gun?

How many AK47's are in California. They're making "Scary" AR-15s illegal to own. Unloaded Open Carry is illegal in CA.

Unless they suspect 13yr old are smuggling automatic weapons, of course it's a Replica.

Tons of people have

Semi-Auto Ak's...they are not always automatic, in fact, most people that have AK's have Semi's, and they can be had for less than $400 (well, not anymore, but they used to be plentiful at $350)

I would wonder if the "replica" had an bright orange tip like most all other toy guns. Also, the toys are generally scaled down quite a bit.
I am going to guess that we will not see a photo of the "gun".

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Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

One of these days

The cops are going to respond to a sting operation. Boom

Ron Paul Was Right

"The cop had a gun... I had to shoot him..."


Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

And suddenly I want to go

And suddenly I want to go back to the days when you "just" got suspended for playing with a toy gun.

Did anyone watch the MSM video clip

included in the link?

A suspect was ... no mention of boy in the video ...

That was horrible

I can't believe the way that local news channel framed the situation, it was ass backwards.

Supposed to have an oragne tip on

the gun in CA to show it is not a real gun.

Wonder if the kid took it off or if it was there and was ignored.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Things sure have changed

in the last 20 or so years. We used to play army with BB and pellet guns. We wore goggles to keep from getting our eyes shot out but when you got hit did sting a bit. Did have to have a pellet dug out of my neck once...It was fun!

Oh Yea!

When I was a boy, we were not allowed to have guns at our house (dad's rule), so I was a late-bloomer when it comes to playing with toy guns.

I remember while in college, another student and I desperately wanted to be able to practice fast draw shooting in as real an environment as we could. We were both devouring Louis L'Amour books (westerns).

It so happened that the Dining Hall had just replaced all the plastic strips that hang in the doorways of their walk-in freezers, so we took some scraps and made face shields which we could tuck between our hat bands and foreheads. We then went to a secluded room and had a blast having fast draw shootouts at distances of only 15 feet or so. I had a springloaded BB pistol. He had a CO2 BB pistol. His stung more than mine! But none was us was ever hurt. What a blast! One of my favorite memories!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

This is my town..

.. I grew up here and we had BB guns, pellet guns, 22's and random other things.. . it was no big deal to be walking down the road with one or the other hunting down at the lagoon or plinking cans. it's CRIMINAL that a boy would be murdered for doing something I grew up doing and not thinking a thing about it. I'm very curious about the facts in this case.. makes me sick!

I got shot in the butt with a Co2 pistol.. I remember it stung pretty good.

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When I was a kid...

When I was a kid, I had a toy gun and aimed it at an off duty police officer who was driving by. Instead of shooting me, he showed me his badge and told me about the dangers of pointing things like that at random people. Then he let me continue playing with my toy gun and left. That was enough for me to take his advice. It didn't take a swat team.

And somehow his family will be charged now.

Let's see, what do these criminal DA's come up with?

1) Negligence of some kind
2) Allowing their son to open carry a toy gun
3) Indirectly endangering the life of an officer
4) Indirectly causing these officers to become "alarmed"

The DA will throw the book at them.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Plus laundry bill for poopy pants,


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We have to stop this attitude

I see all these comments about how the police will just get a paid vacation, nothing will be done, even that the family will somehow be blamed. The attitude is accepting the behavior. We are not helpless victims. We have to say NO. These actions by our public servants will NOT be tolerated. I'm sick of all these police abuse of power stories. Enough is enough.

A realist approach...

A realist approach to conveying a situation doesn't convey any sort of approval. Yes people should be upset, but if someone has diabetes, you need to know that the problem is there before you can address it. If you pretend that there is integrity at every level, you may rely on a weak link and fail.

Proverbs 25:19 "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint."



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Kids playing army get you killed these days...

in a ruthless, gestapo mentality, age of idiocracy.

These idiot cops probably have the combined IQ of a turnip.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
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9/11 Truth.

Shoot first

Ask questions later. That's the police way...and so is making sure no one has to shoulder any blame.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy


having a gun is now a death sentence?

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero,

You must comply...

You must comply, resistance is futile.


They had to kill the boy. Cops were scared men with guns.


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just imagine

were it a real AK, I shudder too

full blown heartsick in this perverse nation formerly called
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Imagine cops so stupid they can't tell a lightweight plastic toy

And a Steel weapon.

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cops so stupid and evil they wouldn't bother to tell the difference

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Imagine if an official had to prove themselves innocent.


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