Sonoma Deputy Who Shot, Killed Unarmed Boy Will Not Be Charged
A Northern California sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an unarmed 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy will not face charges.
Sonoma County Dist. Atty. Jill Ravitch said Monday that Deputy Erick Gelhaus shot Andy Lopez as a response to what “he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to himself or others.”
“It is incumbent upon us to move forward to address the many layers of concern uncovered by this tragedy, and work together to rebuild trust and support for all members of this community,” Ravitch said in a statement released after the decision was announced.
Lopez’s family later issued a statement, saying relatives were left feeling “as though Andy had been killed again today.”
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