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Unarmed 17-Year-Old Boy Shot Dead by Deputies in Tragic Bathroom Lockout: Inside the Heartbreaking Story

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Sheriff’s deputies in Southern California fatally shoot armed teenager with mental health issues

In a tragic incident in Southern California, Sheriff’s deputies were forced to shoot and kill a 17-year-old boy with mental health issues. The teen had armed himself with a knife and locked himself inside a bathroom at a home in Victorville.

According to authorities, the teen had escaped from a hospital where he was being transferred to a mental health facility after receiving treatment for self-inflicted injuries. The boy, a foster youth from Hesperia, had gone to a home where his sisters lived in foster care, prompting someone to call deputies to arrest him due to previous troubles.

For half an hour, deputies attempted to coax the teen out of the bathroom, but he threatened to harm himself. Desperate and afraid for their safety, the deputies ultimately broke down the door and attempted to apprehend him. During the encounter, the teen was holding a knife, which resulted in one deputy being injured by the blade.

The teen was shot and pronounced dead at the hospital. This tragic incident occurred less than a month after another shooting involving San Bernardino deputies and a 15-year-old boy with autism.

In the aftermath of this incident, Sheriff emphasized the need for better access to mental health services for troubled youth. He stressed that law enforcement should not be the only response during crises and that additional resources are needed beyond law enforcement for the community’s mental health needs.

By Samantha Jones

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