Weird News

Toy Gun Gets Boy Killed
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

A thirteen year old boy, Andy Lopez Cruz, was shot and killed, not too far from home, after police thought he possessed a real AK-47 rifle. According to the SF Gate, the deputies spotted the boy walking and shouted at him to put the gun down. When the boy turned around, still holding the fake rifle, they fired shots and the boy died almost instantly.

Friends, family, and neighbors mourn for the boy, wondering if perhaps the cops were trigger happy officers. Toy guns are required by law to be tipped with orange or be transparent. The plastic pellet shooting rifle had no such orange coloring. A smaller, transparent gun was also found on the boy, hidden in the waistband of his pants. The deputy officers are currently on paid leave. One of them revealed that the tip of the gun was raised upward as the boy turned to them and they took it as an aggressive act. They hid behind the squad car’s doors, fearful for their own safety and the safety of everyone else in the area when one of them fired the fatal shots. The number of shots fired and the number of times Andy was hit is unknown at this time.


Witnesses heard the deputies tell Andy to put down the gun twice. Sheriff Steve Freitas is a father of two boys about Andy’s age and sympathizes with the boy’s parents. “This is a tragedy on so many levels,” he said in his statement on Wednesday. “My hope is that we can work with the community to help prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the future.”

Both schools that Andy attended have been mourning his loss and paying tribute with candles, flowers, stuffed animals and a fake rifle tied with a red satin ribbon. The boy was described as being “kind, intelligent, and capable.” He also liked to play the trumpet and basketball, and the toy gun that ultimately got him killed didn’t even belong to him. Many people are questioning why the boy had to be killed when the deputies should have shot him in the arm or leg. They argue that he was just a young, adolescent boy and the officers should have realized that important detail. Friends and family believe Andy Cruz wasn’t given a chance to put the toy gun down.

Criminologist, Geoffrey Alpert reasoned, “As long as an armed person appears to be a threat, you don’t have time to look to see if it’s a toy. If it looks real, you’ve got to believe it’s real. A perceived threat trumps age; it trumps mental abilities.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!



CA Probate / Trust Administration

USA-CA-San Diego

We have an attorney who is looking for CA licensed / experienced attorney who can prepare probate fi...

Apply now

Paralegal for Midtown Real Estate Firm

USA-NY-New York City

Responsibilities include: Handle all duties related to closing documents including: deeds, mem...

Apply now

Litigation Attorney - Employment

USA-CA-San Francisco

Employment group of SF trial boutique firm, Allen Glaessner Hazelwood & Werth LLP, seeks a talented ...

Apply now

Litigation Associate

USA-CA-San Francisco

Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth LLP, a firm specializing in defending public entities, is seekin...

Apply now




Search Now

Housing Finance Associate Attorney


Minneapolis office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a housing finance associate at...

Apply Now

Senior Intellectual Property Litigation Associate Attorney


Philadelphia office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a senior intellectual propert...

Apply Now

Senior Intellectual Property Litigation Associate Attorney


Atlanta office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a senior intellectual property lit...

Apply Now

Most Popular


To Top