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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.

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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 determined it was a juvenile playing cops and robbers."

The boy was airlifted to Holy Cross Medical Center for treatment in stable condition. He is expected to survive.

Officials say the gun resembled a black semiautomatic pistol and lacked the orange tip found on most toys to distinguish them from real weapons.

A neighbor said the teen is a special need student who has never caused trouble before, and said he warned the boy that his gun look a little too real.

"I warned him about the gun, it's like you don't have a red tip, you should not be waving that around," he said.

Other witnesses said the boy was among six or seven others, ages 12-to-14, riding bicycles and playing "cops and robbers."

The shooting is under investigation.


Added: May-12-2009 Occurred On: May-11-2009
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  • "Boy playing with Toy Gun"? He's 15! Cops & Robbers my ass.

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  • Sad that this boy was shot ! ! ! If a 15 yr.old points a firearm ( or copy of ) at me --- at 7:55 p.m. at night --- I would protect myself ! ! ! As did the polce officer ! ! !

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  • If you're going to play "cops and Robbers" be sure to be the cop :)

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  • LOOK - More proof that banning guns wont necessarily save lives..

    i bet you are thinking "We need to ban squirt guns."

    Why dont you ban yourselves, you damn Nazis??

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  • i blame the kids parents

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  • 1. no 15 year old kid plays "cops and robbers" in the street.
    2. someone had CALLED THE COPS ON THE BOYS, it wasnt a chance meeting like MSM wants you to think.
    3. The gun was a replica of a semi auto, and didnt have the proper neon markings.

    I side with the cops, MSM wont give you all the details, but they will make it seem like its the cops fault so its newsworthy. Once they find out the kid was a 15 yr old saggin pants thug who was intimidating people with a look-like-real gun, the More..

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  • more of your taxpayer dollars going towards yet another settlement do to the incompetence of our police.

    Just yesterday the police here grabbed the wrong guy and slammed his head so ard against a wall he is hospitalized and doesnt look like he will recover.

    Great job losers.

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  • I was a sophomore in high school when I was 15, what high school kid plays cops and robbers at night...in L.A and then refuses to drop it when a real cop orders him to do so. Was this kid mentally handicapped?

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  • hope he learned his lesson.

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  • One time I was probably 11, playing hide and seek at the river bike jumps, a fish and game cop told me to stop or he would shoot..I was running for base..I stopped dead in my tracks and did nothing...when I look back at that, a fucking fish and game, pulling a gun on a kid?!?!? I didn't poach any salmon or anything..WTF?!?!?

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  • What the fuck is wrong with people today? Shit like this has been in the news for years, they use it in plot lines on TV!

    The cop does not have to determine if it is a real gun, a fake gun, or a toy. He said to put it down. If you point it at him he will shoot you, and rightly so!

    I hope the kid makes it, and I hope the cop is ok as well. The trauma of the event may cause him to hesitate the next time, and then someone may get killed.

    Parents, teach your kids proper gun safety. Also teach th More..

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  • You have a society where 15 year olds are killing people anyways. If he was mentality challenged, his mother should have known to have a red tip on the gun. This is something that happens a lot. I wont let my kids play with guns that look real, and we live in a nice, low crime area.
    The cops have to make split-second decissions whan guns are involved, and I have to back them on this one.

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  • and ps gun bans do work look at the stats before you comment fukin retard
    was it you who was shot by the copper ?

    sounds like it

    baduuuuuur im special

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  • Should have had a more colorful squirtgun.( painting a red tip on his Ruger)

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  • it boggles my mind that there are a such things as "toy guns". guns are not toys, and they should not be associated with being a toy. yet there are thousands of different products aimed at young children that center around pointing a realistic toy gun at ones peers...

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  • Now the kid knows NOT to be the Robber!

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  • It's a different world than it used to be.

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  • the cop didn't make sure of the situation and acted in a cowardly manner instead of keeping his composure.

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  • As soon as a gun is involved in any way, you're sure to see a flood of posts about bans, not bans and rights. And of course endless rants on a country for their gun laws. All people by default, ought to be banned from having guns in my oppinion. With the exception of those people who would prove that they are responsible to own them. Those i have met who are responsible and logical people, who know their way around weapons and saftey could own a machine gun for all that i care. If they should im More..

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  • Oh bullshit!!! "pointed at the cop and refused to put it down after asked" Typical lying cop! Need I explain? You can see it right there in those words.

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  • I almost got shot by two cops about 5 years ago just got done hosting an airsoft match I was packing up and was walking to my truck with a tokyo marui m4
    they drew the fuck down on me and I dropped it and told them to inspect it kinda scary for me but also for them

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  • "Deputy Jeff Gordon said there were also reports that someone was riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun in the area."
    How convenient...

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  • I feel bad for the kid and his parents, but... basically, a retard (special needs) was playing in public with a realistic gun?

    EVOLUTION IN ACTION
    EVOLUTION IN ACTION
    EVOLUTION IN ACTION
    EVOLUTION IN ACTION

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  • what a depressing country where kids can't play with water pistols anymore

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