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FBI Investigating Calif. Airsoft Shooting

October 28, 2013  | 

The FBI is launching its own investigation into the shooting last week of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy killed by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who mistook the airsoft AK-47 replica Lopez was holding for an assault rifle.

FBI officials notified command staff for Sheriff Steve Freitas and Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm of the move Friday, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The federal inquiry is separate from the investigation led by Santa Rosa police into the deputy-involved shooting.

 

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Tags: Airsoft, Sonoma County (Calif.) Sheriff, Officer Involved Shootings, California


Comments (13)

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D Ob @ 10/28/2013 5:32 PM

This incident happened fairly locally to where I live / serve, so it's all over the pandering press .
Serious question to anyone ( except "Lenny "))
What exact FEDERAL Crime is the FBI investigating?
A " civil rights" violation?
Of what flavor?
I'm trying to figure out what Federal Statute was broken in this OIS?

GP Cobb @ 10/28/2013 7:11 PM

D OB, you are not alone in figuring out why our upper divisions do not have enough to do to get down on a one-to-one issue instead of settling things of national and global levels. I can Imagine how the locals feel about being "over investigated".

RICHARD ISAACS @ 10/28/2013 7:43 PM

THE BAD GUYS HAVE US SHOOTING AT OUR SELVES AND THE INNOCENTS. THEY DIDN'T LEARN THIS BY THEMSELVES.LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN INFILTRATED BY THE ENEMY.

Adam @ 10/28/2013 9:22 PM

Great something else the FBI and the Federal govt can screw up and start the race war against everyone.

Gonefishin @ 10/29/2013 3:19 AM

To RICHARD ISAACS, what it up with your rambling posts here and on other articles? Policemag.com please watch his posts...
As far as the FBI goes I hate to think about the possibility of a clean but unfortunate shooting, if that turns out to be the case, would land good officers in Federal Court just because they were forced to protect themselves and others. All officers need to make sure you have good lawyers on retainer.

Greg @ 10/29/2013 5:31 AM

A civil rights charge is a quick way to get minority voters off the politicians backs...Just remember Trayvon and how the masses were screaming for Holder to get involved. Can't get the conviction, go to the Feds.

Richard Hightower @ 10/29/2013 6:40 AM

The local LEO should welcome the FBI's involvement. Of course, if they've something to hide then they would not want them there to attest to the department's training, management, leadership, and oversight.

Lt Dan @ 10/29/2013 7:47 AM

Much will depend on the preconceived notions of the FBI agent investigating. A 13 year old was killed and the community is upset. The internal investigation is just that. An external review can either validate the officer's actions OR find fault. School records, local police calls to the house, and interviews will reveal the facts. Right is right and wrong is wrong and NO ONE here has all of the facts. If it was my shoot and a good one, the FBI would be welcome.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/29/2013 8:35 AM

Sad and tragic but the air rilfle looked real to me too. If anyone needs to be brought to justice it's the gun manufacturer for not making the rifle barrel cover out of orange plastic.

Pup @ 10/29/2013 9:16 AM

Guys,
It seems Lenny and Isaacs are always looking to stur the pot on any magazine they see as for LE. IGNORE them. If the magazine wishes to keep them on the site, that's their right. As for the rest of us, ignore them and don't respond to their comments. They are idiots and wannabe LE. To the rest, be safe and God Bless.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/29/2013 9:51 AM

This is a sad incident, the officers should not be blamed but I feel sorry for the officers and the Lopez family because they have to live with this. I agree with Ima, toy gun manufacturer should be responsible for not placing a orange barrel cover on the toy gun.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/29/2013 9:51 AM

This is a sad incident, the officers should not be blamed but I feel sorry for the officers and the Lopez family because they have to live with this. I agree with Ima, toy gun manufacturer should be responsible for not placing a orange barrel cover on the toy gun.

john @ IA retired @ 11/11/2013 7:03 PM

My prayers to everyone involved with this tragedy. Orange barrel covers I don't think is the answer. The bad guys will do the same with real guns which may cause a cop to hesitate and die.

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