FBI to Probe Deputy's Killing of Boy, 13

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
FBI to Probe Deputy's Killing of Boy, 13
Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez and the replica assault rifle he was holding when he was shot and killed by two Sonoma County deputies in Santa Rosa, Calif.   (AP Photo/Family via The Press Democrat, Sonoma County Sheriff's Department)

Investigations into the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff’s deputy in Santa Rosa, Calif., have stepped up a notch, with the FBI now launching its own probe. This is a rare move by the agency, notes the the Press Democrat—the last time it investigated a shooting by a local officer was 1997. Santa Rosa police will still continue their own investigation of the incident, in which the deputy apparently fired eight rounds at the eighth-grader after spotting him holding a BB gun. A spokesman for the FBI called it "a civil rights-type of case" and says the agency will look at the "incident itself (and) the deputies' response." Both the local sheriff and police chief say they welcome the investigation, and will cooperate fully. (Read more Andy Lopez stories.)

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