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Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Boy Pointing Gun At Officers In California

San Bernardino, CA – Police shot and wounded a 13-year-old gunman in San Bernardino on Thursday after he pointed a gun at officers.

The incident occurred in the afternoon on Aug. 5 at the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery located in the 200-block East 9th Street, KTTV reported.

Officers responded to a 911 call from the gunman who lied and claimed he had already killed three people.

The 13 year old told the dispatcher that he wanted police to kill him, KTTV reported.

“If they don’t kill me, I’ll have to kill them,” he told the 911 operator in reference to the officers who were being sent to the cemetery.

When officers arrived at the cemetery, they found the boy holding a handgun with an extended magazine, KTTV reported.

Officers set up a perimeter around the scene and tried to negotiate with the armed boy, KCAL reported.

A standoff ensued while police tried to negotiate with the gunman.

It was during those negotiations that police said the boy fired his weapon, KCAL reported.

Officers repeatedly ordered the shooter to drop his weapon but the 13 year old ignored their commands, KTTV reported.

Police said that when he pointed the weapon at them, officers opened fire on the boy.

The boy was transported to the hospital for treatment, KTTV reported.

Police have not released any information on his medical condition.

Authorities said that there were multiple bystanders in the cemetery when the scene unfolded, but none of them were injured during the chaos, KTTV reported.

Officials said that none of the officers involved in the incident had been injured.

Police recovered two handguns at the scene, KTTV reported.

Officers also found four gun magazines and a large stash of ammunition.

Authorities have said they believed the 13 year old was attempting suicide by cop, according to KTTV.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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