Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

15-year old San Francisco boy fatally shot after pointing gun at officer

Derrick Gaines, age 15
On June 5 of this year, a 15-year old boy, Derrick Gaines, was "acting suspiciously" at a gas station in South San Francisco, along with another boy.  A police officer arrived.  The boy pulled a gun from his waist and pointed it at the police officer.  The officer responded by shooting the boy and fatally wounding him.

The police officer has been cleared and the shooting has been ruled as justified.

The boy had had run-ins with the police in the past.

From an article:
Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, an officer came across two pedestrians in the 2300 block of Westborough Boulevard who were allegedly acting suspicious, police Capt. Mike Brosnan said at a news conference Wednesday.
When asked to stop, one of the two juveniles complied while the other did not and allegedly produced a firearm from his waistband, Brosnan said.
The officer then determined it was a dangerous situation and shot the boy.
The officer and other personnel who had been called to the area administered CPR and other live-saving efforts before the boy was taken to a hospital, where he died, Brosnan said.
There was danger to the nearby businesses and patrons at the ARCO gas station when the boy refused to comply with police and produced a weapon, Brosnan said.
“SSFPD is not accustomed to this sort of behavior,” Brosnan said.
The weapon the boy had is in police custody and the suspect’s companion was not detained, he said.
The captain also said the suspects were known to police and that the officer had initiated contact with the two boys.
 Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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