Last updated: 8 months ago
A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by a deputy in the unincorporated Westmont neighborhood near South Los Angeles Sunday night, according to the Sheriff's Department, which said investigators think someone may have removed the teen's gun from the scene.
The incident began when deputies responded to 911 caller who described a young man on foot pointing a gun at the caller's car as he was driving down West 107th Street. Deputies responded to the 1200 block, near Budlong Avenue, about 8:15 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated in a news release.
The two arriving deputies saw a person who matched the caller's description of the young man with the gun, and they attempted to contact him. As they approached, the deputies said they noticed a "handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants," the release stated.
The person, later determined to be a 16-year-old boy, refused their commands to stop and ran from the deputies and into an apartment complex's courtyard, authorities said.
When he turned toward them, the teen was "reaching down toward his waistband, where the gun was located that they first saw," sheriff's homicide Capt. Christopher Bergner said at a Monday afternoon news conference.
One of the deputies opened fire, Bergner said, striking the teen several times in the upper body. As 30 to 40 people entered the courtyard, many of them angry about the shooting, the deputies called for backup.
"While waiting for additional deputies and trying to control the situation, it is believed that someone may have been able to gain possession of the gun and take it," said an updated sheriff's statement.
The teen was identified late Monday morning by the coroner's office as Anthony Jacob Weber. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Numerous posts on social media indicated he went by "TR" and had a new baby.