A 15-year-old Torrey Pines High School student was shot and killed by police on Saturday in San Diego, after pointing a BB gun at them in a high school parking lot.
The boy, who has been unnamed due to his young age, called 911 just before 3:30am to request officers to check on an unarmed person in front of the school. Ironically though, he was actually asking police to check the welfare of himself.
Two officers arrived on scene to check things out. However, once they stepped out of their patrol cars, the boy “pulled a gun for his waistband” and proceeded to point it at them.
So he called the police and gave a tip that he was there, and then pointed a gun at them when they arrived.
The officers drew their guns and ordered him to drop the weapon. But instead, he began to walk toward an officer, ignoring more demands to drop the weapon, police said.
Both officers fired, hitting him several times. They performed first aid and summoned paramedics, but the teen was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
The gun was found to be a BB air pistol.
Police didn’t release the teen’s name because of his age.
“Our hearts go out to the student, his family, and his friends,” said a statement from Eric Dill, superintendent of the San Diego Union High School District.
A crisis-response team will be on campus Monday to support students, staff, and parents, Dill said. Counseling also will be available at all district schools for anyone who needs a place to talk about the shooting or “to mourn and process this tragedy,” he said.
From the way the reports explain how the scene unfolded, it sounds as if the teen may have been suicidal, and wanted to be shot. Why else would he call the police to his location, and then proceed to point a fake gun, that looked real, at them?
Whatever the details may be, my heart goes out to his family and community.