Deputy who killed 13-year-old carrying pellet gun now target of threats
Pictures and written messages mark where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP / The Press Democrat, Conner Jay)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, October 28, 2013 5:45PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 28, 2013 7:56PM EDT
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Sheriff's officials say the California deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy has been the target of threats.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed the deputy's identity to the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa on Sunday as 48-year-old Erick Gelhaus.
Gelhaus, a 24-year sheriff's office veteran, shot and killed Andy Lopez last week in Santa Rosa. Investigators say Gelhaus mistook the pellet gun Lopez was carrying for an assault rifle.
Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Duenas says his office is still dealing with threats against Gelhaus and would take steps to protect him if necessary.
But it decided to confirm his identity because his name was circulating publicly.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people turned out for a service to remember Andy on Sunday.