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Authorities investigate fatal deputy-involving shooting of 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy

  • Law enforcement investigators cover the body of a boy shot and killed by officers near the corner of Moorland and West Robles avenues in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (CONNER JAY/ PD)

Sonoma County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon during an encounter in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood.

The boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez, identified the teen as Andy Lopez and said he had been carrying a toy gun that belonged to a friend.

Santa Rosa and Petaluma police detectives are investigating the shooting. Interviews were conducted throughout Tuesday night, Santa Rosa Lt. Paul Henry said Wednesday morning.

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Police officials were meeting Wednesday morning to get debriefed on the investigation and then planned to release more information, Henry said.

Sheriff's officials early Wednesday declined to comment on the case, referring questions to Santa Rosa police.

The names of the deputies involved also haven't been released. They've been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in such cases.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the rifle, which sheriff's officials characterized as a replica, was capable of firing BBs or other projectiles.

Rodrigo Lopez said the last time he saw his son was Tuesday morning before he left for work.

“I told him what I tell him every day,” he said in Spanish, standing in the doorway of his mobile home near Moorland Avenue and Todd Road. “Behave yourself.”

The family had just returned home at about 9:15 p.m. from identifying Andy Lopez's body.

The boy's mother, Sujey Annel Cruz Cazarez, was grief-stricken in the living room.

“Why did they kill him? Why?” she said.

At 3 p.m., two sheriff's deputies patrolling in the area of Moorland and West Robles avenues observed Lopez walking with what sheriff's officials said appeared to be some type of rifle.

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