April 21, 2024 11:46 pm
Sheriff’s deputies in Southern California fatally shoot armed teenager with mental health issues

In Victorville, California, sheriff’s deputies were forced to shoot and kill a 17-year-old boy with mental health issues after he armed himself with a knife and locked himself inside a bathroom at a home. The teen had escaped from a hospital where he was being transferred to a mental health facility after receiving treatment for self-inflicted injuries.

Authorities said that the boy, who was a foster youth from Hesperia, had gone to a home where his sisters lived in foster care. This prompted someone to call deputies to arrest him due to previous troubles. Deputies attempted to coax the teen out of the bathroom for half an hour before he threatened to harm himself. Despite their efforts, they 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 it.

The incident occurred less than a month after another shooting involving San Bernardino deputies and a 15-year-old boy with autism. The sheriff emphasized the need for better access to mental health services for troubled youth so that law enforcement does not have to be the only response during crises. He stressed the importance of having additional resources available beyond law enforcement for the community’s mental health needs.

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