On Tuesday afternoon, two Sonoma County deputies spotted the boy carrying what they thought was a semiautomatic weapon, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office. They pulled over and yelled at the teen to put his weapon down, according to reports.
A statement from the Sheriff’s office described what happened next:
“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.”
According to California authorities, the deputies fired multiple rounds and hit Lopez several times. They then handcuffed the unresponsive boy and called for an ambulance after administering first aid.
They found the fake rifle on the ground, as well as a plastic hand gun tucked in the boy’s waistband.
Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.
The last thing the teen’s father, Rodrigo Cruz, told his son before he left for work was, “Behave yourself.” The boy’s mother, Sujey Annel Cruz Cazarez, said, “Why did they kill him? Why?”
“He was a 13-year-old little boy, you could just tell him to put it down,” said family friend Gabriel Roque.
There was a vigil for Lopez held Wednesday in Santa Rosa.
100s March, rally and vigil for 13 yr old Andy Lopez, shot&killed by Deputy in Santa Rosa. @nbcbayarea at 11