Police officers who killed teen now claim boy wanted to die

Jose Rodriguez Jr. 
By: Sarah Weiss 

(Scroll down for video) California police officers are trained to handle many difficult situations.

They are trained to help people and save lives. Unfortunately, they use their guns too often. In this case, the officers are blaming the victim for his own death.

Officers now claim that 14-year-old Jose Rodriguez Jr. wanted to be killed by police officers in a "suicide by cop."

At 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, police officers got a call reporting a man with a gun. When they arrived at the scene, they found the 14-year-old teenager with a shotgun.

Later, they learned that it was the teen himself, who called 911 several times to report a man with a gun. "Based on scene evidence, Rodriguez is the person who called 911 reporting a man with a gun," Anthony Bertagna said.

At the scene, officers ordered Rodriguez Jr. to drop the gun. He did not comply. After a while, he pointed the shotgun at the officers. That is when officers fired a number of shots at the teen, killing him.

Investigators are trying to determine why Rodriguez had a shotgun and why he called police.

After obtaining a search warrant for the boy's room, officers claim they found a suicide note, according to Bertagna. Its contents were not made public.

Rodriguez Jr. was a freshman at Segerstrom High School, was a good student and with good attendance, Deidra Powell, a Santa Ana Unified School District spokeswoman said.

His friends said that he was a fun-loving happy teenager, who will be missed.



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