Boy, 13, is shot and wounded by cops at California cemetery after falsely claiming to dispatcher that he had killed three people before firing at responding officers
- Police have shot and wounded an armed 13-year-old suspect in San Bernardino
- Confrontation happened on Thursday afternoon at Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
- Police say they were responding to a 911 call from the boy, who falsely claimed he killed three people telling operator, ‘If they don’t kill me, I’ll have to kill them’
- Officers found the boy holding a gun with an extended magazine and say that he fired the weapon during the standoff
- After refusing repeated orders to drop the gun, he was shot
- Two handguns were recovered, along with four other magazines and a large cache of ammunition
A 13-year-old boy armed with a handgun was shot and injured by police east of Los Angeles after falsely claiming he had killed several people.
The boy was shot on Thursday afternoon at a San Bernardino cemetery after he called police dispatchers.
The teen claimed to have killed three people, fired several shots during the call, and at one point told a dispatcher that if police didn’t kill him, ‘I’ll have to kill them,’ referring to the officers who were responding to the scene, according to a statement by the San Bernardino Police Department.
Police have shot and wounded an armed 13-year-old suspect in San Bernardino, California who was seen firing a shot into the air at Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
The 13-year-old suspect could be seen waving a gun around in his right hand while holding another out to the side
The incident was detailed in an statement released by the San Bernadino Police Department
During the phone call the dispatcher heard the suspect fire multiple shots from a gun.
Officers who went to Pioneer Memorial Cemetery saw the boy armed with a gun, police said. Officers tried to talk to the boy and convince him to surrender, even after he fired a shot in the air.
Police say there were several bystanders in the cemetery at the time the suspect fired the shots with concerns for other members of the public who were at the location.
Alma Morales, who lives near the cemetery, watched the confrontation through a hole in her backyard fence. She said the boy had looked down and pointed at a headstone as if talking to someone.
Additional loaded magazines included loose ammunition and a holster were found
Multiple rounds of loose ammunition were also found in the suspect’s backpack
‘He was just saying, ‘I’m coming with you. I’m coming with you,’ she told KABC-TV.
When officers arrived at the cemetery, they quickly found the suspect armed with a handgun that was loaded with an extended magazine.
Police said the boy was shot after pointing the gun at officers who were positioned around the perimeter of the cemetery. Before firing, they attempted to negotiate with the suspect but the teen instead fired a shot.
Officers held off firing for a little longer as they attempted to end the incident peacefully by talking to the teenager.
Despite urging the boy to drop the weapon, he ignored officers’ requests.
Guns that were being used by the suspect were recovered at the scene after the boy was shot
A second gun was recovered at the scene in Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
The teen is then said to have pointed a gun directly at officers forcing police to fire back.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment to his injuries but there was no immediate word on his condition.
Police said they found two handguns in the boy’s possession and four other loaded magazines together with a large cache of ammunition in a backpack that suggested he was prepared for a prolonged confrontation.
Investigators found that the boy’s claim to have killed three people wasn’t true.
Police say they are still trying to discover his motive. Authorities believe the boy may have been attempting suicide by cop.
The confrontation happened on Thursday afternoon at Pioneer Memorial Cemetery