A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot by a police officer because his friend was playing with what turned out to be a replica gun.
At 8 a.m. on Feb. 10, two Los Angeles police officers approached a group of children playing in an alley and saw one of them pointing what appeared to be a gun at another person, according to a police testimony.
The officers reportedly told the boy to drop his gun multiple times and one officer started shooting when he did not comply. The bullet did not hit the boy holding the gun, but another boy standing nearby.
It turned out the gun the officers thought they saw was a replica. The police detained the group of children and believe they bear some responsibility for the shooting.
“It’s certainly an unfortunate situation, but because of people bringing replica weapons out like that, it certainly could have been a tragedy,” Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith told the media.
The names of the officers and children involved have not been released.
The child who was playing with the replica gun could be facing charges for “brandishing a replica weapon in the presence of a police officer.” There has been no word about whether or not the officer who shot the 15-year-old boy will be facing any charges.
The boy who was shot was treated at a local hospital and has been released.