Created: 07/08/2014 1:52 PM
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor's report disclosed that a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by a Northern California sheriff's deputy who mistook a pellet gun for a real assault rifle was likely feeling the effects of marijuana when he was killed.
A report compiled by Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch cited autopsy results showing Andy Lopez had smoked marijuana about an hour before the Oct. 22 shooting in Santa Rosa. A medical expert concluded the marijuana likely impaired the teen's judgment.
Ravitch's report released late Monday cleared Deputy Erick Gelhaus of any criminal responsibility for shooting Lopez, concluding the officer feared for his life when he confronted the teen holding a toy replica of an AK-47 rifle.
The report also disclosed that investigators found a marijuana cigarette and a bottle of Visine eyedrops on Lopez's body.
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