FBI to investigate officer-involved shooting of 13-year-old
The FBI says it will conduct an independent investigation into the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy from Santa Rosa, Calif. At the hands of a police officer who mistook his toy gun for an actual assault rifle. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports
联邦调查局表示会对加州圣罗莎13岁少年被枪杀案件进行独立调查。一名警察将该少年手中的玩具枪误认为真枪而将其射杀 。NBC的Miguel Almaguer报道 。
In northern California the FBI is now investigating the fatal shooting by a 13-year-old boy who turned out to be carrying a replica gun instead of a high powered rifle. Officers say they fear what he was carrying. We get that story tonight from NBC's Miguel Almaguer.
reporter: The call for action has grown louder every day.
There is no justice that can compare to a little boy dying.
reporter: Hundreds of parents and children protesting outside the Sonoma county Sheriff's department in Santa Rosa, California. They are here for 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
He wanted to go to college and have a career. He wanted to do something more and better with his life.
reporter: Last week, Lopez was walking through his neighborhood with what Sheriff's deputies said they thought was an assault rifle. One neighbor spotted Lopez just before officers did.
I saw a boy with the rifle in the left hand. I'm telling him, throw that thing away. The police is behind.
reporter: Investigators say two deputies ordered the teen to drop the gun. Seconds later, an officer opened fire.
The deputy described it as the suspect turned toward him, the barrel was rising up and turning in his direction.
reporter: Andy Lopez was shot seven times. Only after did officers realize the gun was just a replica. At a news conference they displayed Lopez's toy gun side by side with the real one.
As a father of two boys about this age I can't imagine the grief this family is going through.
reporter: What the Sheriff calls a tragic incident, Lopez's mother calls a brutal assassination of her little boy.
He was not a gang member. He was not a criminal. But yet he's dead. Couldn't something else have been done?
reporter: Tonight, a call for justice and a federal investigation under way for a teenager shot and killed on the very block he grew up on. Miguel Almaguer, NBC News, Los