Cops in San Diego shot and killed 15-year-old boy who brandished a BB gun outside his high school early Saturday after the teen called 911 for a welfare check — on himself, police said.
A pair of San Diego police officers quickly drew their guns after finding the teen brandishing a weapon in the Torrey Pines High School parking lot around 3:30 a.m., authorities said.
Cops said the boy pulled the firearm from his waistband, aimed it at the officers and walked toward them. He refused their demands to drop the weapon, Lt. Mike Holden said in a statement.
“Fearing for their safety, both officers fired their weapons at the male, striking him numerous times,” Holden said.
The teen was rushed to a nearby hospital but could not be saved, police said.
Police declined to identify the teen, citing his age, but said he was a student at the suburban Carmel Valley school and lived in the neighborhood.
Holden said the teen was also the 911 caller telling police to check on the boy, claiming he was unarmed.
Police identified the teen’s weapon as a semi-automatic BB air pistol.
“I am saddened to report that the 15-year-old boy who was killed was a student at our school,” San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Eric Dill said in a statement Saturday.
“Law enforcement has not released the name of the young man, but our hearts go out to the student, his family and his friends.”
Holden said one of the officers is a 28-year veteran of the San Diego police force while the other has been with the department for four years.
Both officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, KFMB-TV reported.