LA-area deputy shoots boy carrying toy handgun

May 11, 2009 7:14:39 AM PDT
Authorities say a 15-year-old boy who was shot while playing with a toy gun pointed the fake weapon at sheriff's deputies. Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Gordon says the boy was hospitalized in stable condition Monday and was expected to fully recover. His name was not released.

Gordon says authorities received reports of someone on a bicycle brandishing a handgun Sunday in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles. He says deputies spotted the rider and ordered him to drop the weapon, but that the boy pointed it at them instead. A deputy then shot the boy.

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

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