Teen killed by San Diego police left suicide note

Police didn’t release the teen’s name because of his age.

The officers, one a 28-year veteran of the San Diego department, and the other a four-year veteran, were wearing body cameras.
The officers drew their guns and repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon. But instead, he began to walk toward an officer, ignoring the orders, police said.

The teen left a farewell note to his family. Police say it turned out to be a replica with an orange tip that had been painted black.

Lt. Mike Holden said police found the suicide note in the teen’s jacket and it indicated he planned to call police so he would be shot and killed.

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“We believe that he called the police and pulled the gun on them so that he would be shot,” Ahearn said.

Investigators determined the teen made the 911 call.


“This is a difficult time for the family and we need to let them mourn,” Dill said in the letter.

Dill added that the district will strive to maintain the daily routine while offering support to people.

People gather at Torrey Pines High School on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in San Diego, near a memorial for a 15 year-old student that was shot and killed by police in the parking lot the day before. Alfred /The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) (K.C.
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Saturday to ask officers to check on the welfare of an unarmed boy in front of the school. The caller stated that the juvenile had no weapon. Police say the boy called 911 at 3:27 a.m.

The gun was found to be a “semi-automatic BB air pistol,” according to police.

Superintendent Eric Dill said in a letter on the district’s website that “our hearts go out to the student, his family, and his friends.”

As they got out of their patrol cars, he pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at an officer, police said. When two officers arrived, they spotted a youth in the front parking lot.

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In October, police in South Los Angeles fatally shot a 16-year-old boy who pointed a fake gun at officers. The teen had used his cellphone to call 911 to report a man with a gun.

The San Dieguito Union High School District said in a statement that it was sending a crisis-response team to the campus Monday to support students, staff and parents.

Assistant Police Chief Brian Ahearn said police found the note on the Torrey Pines High School student who lived with his family in the affluent neighbourhood near the coast.

SAN DIEGO — A 15-year-old boy left a suicide note before he was killed by officers after pointing a BB gun at them in the dark in a high school parking lot, police said Monday.

The department said in a statement that both officers feared for their safety and fired, hitting the teen several times. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital. They performed first aid and called paramedics.