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Sonoma Co. Sheriff’s Deputy May Not Have ID’d Himself As Law Enforcement In Lopez Shooting

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13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies in Santa Rosa on October 22, 2013. (CBS)

13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies in Santa Rosa on October 22, 2013. (CBS)

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SANTA ROSA (KCBS)— The Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy in Santa Rosa last week may not have identified himself as a law-enforcement officer before opening fire.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Santa Rosa Police said the deputy, 47-year-old Erick Gelhaus, told investigators he couldn’t recall if he said he was an officer after spotting the boy who was carrying a replica AK-47.

Police also said only 10 seconds passed between the time dispatchers logged the report by the deputies of a suspicious person and when the deputies reported shots were fired.

Meanwhile, there is a call for more community meetings and transparency of police on the streets. Those are just two of the ideas political and religious leaders in Sonoma County are proposing to combat fears among Latinos in the wake of the Lopez shooting.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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