A 13-year-old California boy carrying a replica of an assault rifle was shot Tuesday (October 22) by sheriff's deputies who apparently believed the gun was real, family members and authorities said. The incident took place in the northern California community of Santa Rosa.
Although authorities declined to identify the child killed in the California incident, the boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez, said he was 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was on his way to a friend's house with a pellet gun left at the family home over the weekend.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, and the incident is being investigated by the Santa Rosa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, officials said.
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