The boy fell to the ground on top of the rifle, according to O’Leary. O’Leary said the deputies ordered him to move away from the weapon before approaching him and putting him in handcuffs.
They began administering first aid and called for paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene. Deputies also found a plastic handgun in the boy’s waistband, O’Leary said. The deputies, who have not been identified, have been placed on administrative leave, O’Leary said.
Rodrigo Lopez told the Press Democrat he last saw his son on Tuesday morning.
“I told him what I tell him every day,” he said in Spanish. “Behave yourself.”
The family was back at their mobile home on Tuesday night after identifying the boy’s body, the Press Democrat reported.
The newspaper quoted the boy’s mother, Sujey Annel Cruz Cazarez, as saying, “”Why did they kill him? Why?”