SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a Northern California teen who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy in October have added new allegations to their federal lawsuit against the county.
In a document filed the United States District Court in San Francisco, Rodrigo and Sujey Lopez of Santa Rosa claim that Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus had a history of using excessive force.
The lawsuit also claims Gelhaus had racist and extremist tendencies and beliefs.
Gelhaus shot and killed their son, 13-year-old Andy Lopez, on Oct. 22 while the teen was walking home with an airsoft BB gun designed to resemble an assault rifle.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Gelhaus told investigators he feared for his life because he thought Lopez was armed with an AK-47.
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