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13-year-old wielding replica gun shot by cop

December 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A 13-year-old boy is in the hospital after being shot by a police officer in the Glassell Park area.Police confronted a group of 13- and 14-year-olds in the middle of the street playing with what turned out to be pellet guns.

Police said an officer shot a 13-year-old after the boy turned toward officers with what looked like a Beretta handgun. It was a pellet gun made to look like a Beretta.

Because of the teen's size, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, the officer believed he was dealing with a young adult male.

The boy was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

The two other boys were detained without incident after dropping their replica guns. In total, three replica guns were recovered.

The shooting remains under investigation.

The officer involved was identified as Victor Abarca, who has been with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years and 11 months.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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