SAN DIEGO, CA – Police shot and killed a 15-year-old student on Saturday after he pointed a BB gun at them in a Torrey Pines High School parking lot.
A student from the aforementioned school called 911 shortly before 3:30 a.m. to ask officers to check on the status of an unarmed boy in front of the school.
But investigators later determined the caller was referring to himself, police said.
When two officers arrived, they spotted a young man in the front parking lot. But as they got out of their patrol cars, the boy pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at an officer, police said.
The officers drew their guns and ordered the teenager to drop the weapon. But instead of dropping his gun he began walking toward an officer; ignoring more demands to drop the weapon.
Both officers fired; hitting him several times.
The police performed first aid and summoned paramedics, but the teen was pronounced dead at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
The gun was found to be a BB air pistol.
“Fearing for their safety, both officers fired their weapons at the male, striking him numerous times,” Lt Mike Holden said in a statement.
He said the officers were 28-year and four-year veterans of the police force.
The authorities didn’t release the teen’s name because of his age.
His parents were already notified of the incident.
A statement from Eric Dill, superintendent of the San Diego Union High School District, says “Our hearts go out to the student, his family and his friends.”
He added: “Counseling also will be available at all district schools for anyone who needs a place to talk about the shooting or “to mourn and process this tragedy.”