by Daniel Politi · May 7, 2017
A San Diego police car is seen in this 2013 photo.
When two San Diego police officers were asked to go check on the welfare of a teenager outside of a high school just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, they arrived quickly. They immediately saw the teenager in question. “As the officers got out of their patrol cars to contact the male, the male pulled a handgun that was concealed in his waistband and pointed it at one of the officers,” police said.
Both of the officers immediately drew their weapons and told the teenager to drop the gun. The 15-year-old refused to comply, and the cops eventually fired, striking the boy numerous times. The teenager was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead. After the shooting, police realized the gun the boy was holding was actually a semiautomatic BB air pistol.
The person who made the initial 911 call didn’t identify himself, but authorities say they believe it was the teenager who called. He was a freshman at the Torrey Pines High School in Carmel Valley and lived in the neighborhood.
“The details of the situation are still unfolding, but whatever they are, this event is very traumatic for our students, staff, families, and community,” Eric Dill, superintendent for the San Dieguito Union High School District, said in a letter posted on the district’s website. Both officers allegedly activated their body cameras, so there is video that investigators can review to figure out exactly what happened.
Authorities have not released the boy’s name, because he was a juvenile. The names of the officers who shot him should be released over the next few days.