Sonoma County deputy cleared in shooting death Anthony Lopez

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Andy Lopez.
A Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Federal investigators have cleared a Sonoma County deputy in the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez in October 2013.

Lopez was carrying a toy gun that looked like an AK 47 when he was gunned down on a Santa Rosa sidewalk.

Residents were outraged by his death.

That prompted an extensive inquiry into police community relations across the county.

Deputy Erick Gelhaus claimed he thought the airsoft pellet gun Lopez carried was an assault rifle.