Also on KQED's News Fix: Hundreds Protest Police Killing of Santa Rosa Eighth Grader
Update, Friday 11:45 p.m.: The FBI says it's investigating Tuesday's fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy. Sheriff Steve Freitas announced the FBI's entry into the case in a brief press release Friday evening. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports this statement from the FBI in San Francisco:
A spokesman in the FBI’s San Francisco office called the agency’s inquiry a “shooting review,” looking into the “incident itself (and) the deputies’ response.”
“We’re going to look into the facts of that,” said Peter Lee, a public affairs specialist with the bureau. “It’s a civil rights-type of case.”
Among the prominent issues in the case is a timeline released Thursday by Santa Rosa police, who are also investigating the shooting. That account shows that only 10 seconds passed between the time two deputies first reported spotting Lopez, who was carrying a replica assault rifle that was actually a pellet or BB gun, and the time they reported shots fired. The deputies had pulled up behind Lopez and, according to police and sheriff's accounts, and in that 10 seconds, they called for backup, took cover behind their open car doors, and warned Lopez twice to put down his gun. Police say one of the deputies, a 24-year veteran of the department, opened fire when the teen turned around. The deputy fired eight shots with his service weapon, hitting the eighth grader seven times. The second deputy did not open fire.
Lopez died at the scene of the shooting.
Lopez's death prompted yet another protest in Santa Rosa on Friday, with hundreds of students marching to the sheriff's office and other locations.