SANTA ROSA -- Local lawmakers are considering building a memorial park in the Northern California neighborhood where a teen was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Sonoma County supervisors will consider the memorial and several other possible responses to the shooting at its meeting Tuesday, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Sunday (http://tinyurl.com/ng8uz9c).

Sonoma County sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez on Oct. 22 as the teen walked in the Santa Rosa neighborhood where he lived. Gelhaus told investigators he believed the airsoft BB gun Lopez was carrying was an assault rifle.

The shooting led to numerous protests in the predominantly Latino community. Protesters are demanding Gelhaus be criminally charged for the shooting. Lopez's parents have filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco alleging that Gelhaus gunned down their son too quickly and without legal justification.

Gelhaus' attorney earlier told the newspaper that the deputy was saddened by the event but believed his life was in danger when he opened fire.

Along with the proposal to build a park named after Lopez, the supervisors will consider creating a task force to explore police and community relations. Also under consideration is whether to support state and federal legislation on gun and replica weapon control and exploring law enforcement training for alternatives to lethal force.

Democratic lawmakers in both houses of the California Legislature said they will introduce legislation in January that would ban the manufacture and sale of imitation firearms like the one Lopez was carrying.

The supervisors are also mulling the cost and feasibility of outfitting deputies with lapel cameras. There are no videos of the Oct. 22 incident.

Supervisors and county officials have planned to build a park in the low-income neighborhood for years. Supervisor Susan Gorin said the neighborhood is in need of a park and the shooting has given the issue renewed attention.

"In light of the tragedy, it is totally appropriate that we look at what kind of funding might be available" for acquiring the property to build a park, Gorin said.

Activists have recently planted a young oak tree near the shooting site, where a large wooden memorial and assorted small playground toys have been placed.