SANTA ROSA -- The mother of a Northern California 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy last week has filed a claim against Sonoma County and the sheriff's office.
KGO reports (http://bit.ly/1agPAxn ) Sujey Cruz Casarez, Andy Lopez's mother, filed a claim Thursday saying her son was killed unjustifiably by Deputy Erick Gelhaus and the sheriff's office failed to develop adequate training policies for using deadly force.
The claim does not specify an amount for damages.
Gelhaus shot Lopez in Santa Rosa on Oct. 22 within seconds after he reported seeing the teen carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AK-47.
Gelhaus's lawyer, Terry Leoni, told KGO that once he "felt in fear of his life, for his safety, he had no other option but to use his firearm."
Information from: KGO-TV.