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Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

What might have happened if the subject had been a gang member, the AK had been real, and the deputy hadn’t taken action?

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Family Files Suit Over Calif. Airsoft Shooting

The claim is a precursor to a civil rights lawsuit that an attorney for the family of Andy Lopez Cruz said would be filed Monday at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Toy Guns and Cops: A Toxic Mix

As for those who have tried to damn those officers, I wonder what they would hope they might do if they'd seen 12-year-old Nevada teenager Jose Reyes whip out a firearm on teacher Michael Lansberry.

Attorney: Calif. Dep. Absolutely Believed AK-47 was Real

The Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a toy rifle "feels for the loss of life" but responded properly to a threat, his attorney said Wednesday.

Calif. Deputy Who Shot Airsoft-Carrying Teen Identified

Sheriff's officials had previously declined to release the deputy's name, citing threats to his safety. Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Dueñas said the office was still dealing with those threats and would, if necessary, take measures to protect Gelhaus.

FBI Investigating Calif. Airsoft Shooting

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.

Calif. Deputy Kills Boy who Brandished Airsoft AK-47

Sonoma County, Calif., sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying an Airsoft replica of an AK-47 Tuesday afternoon during an encounter in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood.

Dangerous Lookalikes

Improper use of Airsoft, BB, and pellet guns on the street can cause deadly confusion for law enforcement.

Airsoft: Toy or Training Tool?

Can a gun that fires plastic BBs really serve as a viable training tool for law enforcement?

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