California Cops Shoot Teen Carrying A BB Gun

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California police officers fatally shot a 15 year-old student Saturday after he pointed a BB gun at them in his high school parking lot.

San Diego police believe the teenager placed a call to officers about a young man who needed police to check on him, reports NBC New York.

“[In] our preliminary investigation, we believe that the subject that was shot is the person who actually called to check the welfare [of the minor]. We believe that he actually called and spoke about himself in the third person,” San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Acting Homicide Capt. Mike Holden said. “It was a very general ‘check the welfare’ call.”

Police arrived at the Torrey Pines High School parking lot to find the young teenager standing in the middle of the parking lot, police said. The teen pulled out a gun from his waist and pointed it at the officers. He refused to put down the gun despite officer commands to do so.

“Fearing for their safety, both officers fired their weapons at the male, striking him numerous times,” Holden said in a statement. The teen was rushed to the hospital but died from his wounds.

Police found a semi-automatic BB gun air pistol at the scene; the department is currently investigating the shooting.

“I am saddened to report that the 15-year-old boy who was killed was a student at our school,” San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Eric Dill said in an email sent to parents Saturday. “Law enforcement has not released the name of the young man, but our hearts go out to the student, his family and his friends.”

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