The FBI is conducting an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a popular 13-year-old boy by a sheriff’s deputy in Northern California, reports the Associated Press. Sheriff Steve Freitas said he will cooperate with federal investigators in the probe of Andy Lopez’s killing on Tuesday. The shooting prompted protests and marches in the suburban town of Santa Rosa, with many residents questioning the deputy’s decision to fire on the youth.
Police say Lopez was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AK-47 assault rifle. More than 100 angry middle and high school students walked to City Hall on Friday, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. Hundreds of people protested earlier in the week. City police and the Sonoma County district attorney’s office are also investigating.