SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — San Mateo County prosecutors say the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy for allegedly pointing a gun at a South San Francisco police officer was “justifiable.”
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Wednesday that the use of lethal force by officer Joshua Cabillo was “a lawful response” when Cabillo fatally shot Derrick Gaines in a gas station parking lot on June 5.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Dead, Woman Wounded in Friday-Evening Shooting in San Francisco
Police say Cabillo made contact with Gaines and another teen because he thought they were taking part in suspicious behavior. Police say when Gaines ran from Cabillo, the officer gave chase and then shot Gaines when the teen pulled out a gun.READ MORE: Belmont Police Search for Missing Woman and Her 3-Year-Old Son
Gaines later died at a local hospital. Police say they recovered his gun at the scene.
Gaines’ lawyer, John Burris, said he still intends to file a lawsuit against the South San Francisco Police Department over the shooting.MORE NEWS: Grass Fire That Burned 15 Acres on Altamont Pass Slows Traffic for Hours
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