A 13-year-old boy was shot and wounded by police in San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday after he fired a gun in a cemetery and falsely claimed he killed three people, police said Friday.
The boy allegedly called the San Bernardino Police Department dispatch center at 1:52 p.m. local time Thursday and reported the fictitious slayings while making an ominous threat to responding officers, police said.
During the phone call placed from Pioneer cemetery, he allegedly fired multiple shots heard by the dispatcher, police said.https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
When officers arrived at the scene, they allegedly found the boy armed with a handgun loaded with an extended magazine.
As the officers were preparing to make contact, he allegedly fired an additional shot, police said.
The boy purportedly ignored numerous commands to drop the firearm and was shot and wounded after he allegedly pointed the weapon at officers, according to police.
He was transported to a hospital for treatment, police said. Further investigation determined his claims about killing others were “untrue,” police said.
Investigators allegedly found two handguns, four additional magazines and “a large cache of ammunition” in the boy’s possession, “indicating that he was prepared for a prolonged confrontation,” police said.
Officials did not release any immediate details on how the child obtained the weapons and ammunition.
They did release two grainy photos showing the boy and a bystander in the background and said the investigation remains ongoing.