ONTARIO >> Three Ontario police officers who in August 2015 fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was refusing to drop a gun were justified in their use of deadly force, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office said in a report released Thursday.
According to witnesses, the teen was skateboarding down the street yelling things like “Somebody kill me” and “I wanna die” before he robbed a Jack in the Box — but handed out the cash to other customers in the restaurant — then returned to the street and began pointing a weapon at passing motorists, the report said.
As he stood in the road with the gun raised near his head, he started to turn toward responding officers, and three of them fired at him. The report concludes that Cpl. Zachary McWaters, Cpl. Scott Shaffer and Officer Michael Mora were acting within their right of self-defense and defense of others.
Moments after the teen — identified by police as Raul Herrera III, 17, of Ontario — was killed, his father called 911 to report that his family had found a suicide note, several goodbye letters and a second note that he couldn’t find bullets, so he was going to “die by cops.”
The afternoon of Aug. 20, 2015, the Ontario Police Department began receiving 911 calls that the Jack in the Box at East Riverside Drive and South Archibald Avenue had been armed a gunpoint, and that a male on a skateboard was pointing a gun at people near the same intersection. The callers were giving the same suspect description of a “white male, possibly a teenager, wearing a striped shirt, dark pants, and riding a skateboard,” the report says.
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