Lompoc police officer shoots teenager
February 8, 2015
A Lompoc police officer shot a teenager who was under care for mental health issues on Saturday.
On Friday afternoon, the teen’s parents called Santa Barbara County mental health services for help with their 17-year-old son who was fighting with a sibling. Police officers then took the teen into protective custody and transported him to Lompoc Valley Medical Center.
At approximately 11:15 p.m., hospital staff discovered the teen had broken through a glass door and fled the hospital. Police officers were dispatched to find the boy.
Early Saturday morning, family members spotted the boy near his home and an officer was dispatched to the area. The teen then allegedly assaulted his brother with a dumbbell. The brother was transported to a hospital with a head injury and released.
The officer then found the teen on the street, stepped out of his patrol vehicle and told the boy to stop. However, the teen walked towards the officer with what the officer thought was a knife. The officer then shot the teen in the upper torso.
The teen was taken back into custody and transported to a local hospital. Police are not releasing the name of the boy, his condition, or information about the alleged knife at this time. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
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