A sheriff’s deputy who shot dead a 13-year-old Californian boy after mistaking his fake AK-47 for a real gun opened fire before his partner was even able to get out of the patrol car, it has emerged.
Andy Lopez was shot seven times in a Santa Rosa parking lot by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus after police received reports of a suspicious person.
Accounts of just how quickly the shooting took place have been bolstered by investigators confirming that a second officer, a trainee, stayed at the wheel of the police car while Gelhaus approached the boy.
According to the Press Democrat, Santa Rosa police Lieutenant Paul Henry said that within seconds Gelhaus ordered the teenager to drop the weapon before his partner could take cover behind the open door of the vehicle.
The account seems to back up eyewitness claims and dispatch records that claim that only ten seconds elapsed between Gelhaus confronting Lopez and shooting him.
The officer was a firearms instructor and also an author that wrote several articles for SWAT Magazine among others. The newspaper article I read yesterday gave several excerpts from his articles and from what I read, he doesn’t give a shit about anybody else’s life, only his own.
Read the article that I linked to – there’s a few of those excerpts there. Judge for yourself. Myself, I hope his writings turn around and bite him in the ass.
Fuck him and his kind.