PALMDALE - A boy, who was playing "cops and robbers" with a squirt gun, is hospitalized after being shot by an L.A County Sheriff's deputy.
The boy was wounded in the upper torso, said Deputy Ed Hernandez, a spokesman for the Sheriff's department.
Officials say the boy, believed to be 15-years-old, was shot around 7:55 p.m.
Sunday while he was riding his bicycle in the area of East Avenue Q11 and 20th Street East.
Deputies were responding to a burglary report when they encountered the teen.
Deputy Jeff Gordon said there were also reports that someone was riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun in the area.
When deputies spotted the boy, they ordered him to drop the weapon but instead, Gordon says, he pointed it at the deputies.
The deputies, fearing for their lives, shot him once, Hernandez said. "Later on, they determine
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