Sonoma Deputy Who Shot, Killed Unarmed Boy Will Not Be Charged

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Hundreds of people in Santa Rosa marched to protest the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Northern California sheriff's deputy in 2013. (Credit: Associated Press)

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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  • paul

    Such a pity that law enforcement can get away with what they can in this country of disparity between those with authority and capability and those without.