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Victim of Tragic Mental Health Crisis: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed by Sheriff’s Deputies in Southern California

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Sheriff’s deputies in Southern California fatally shoot armed teenager with mental health issues

A 17-year-old boy with mental health issues was killed by Sheriff’s deputies in Southern California after he armed himself with a knife and locked himself inside a bathroom at a home in Victorville. The teen, who had been placed in foster care, had escaped from a hospital where he was being transferred to a mental health facility after receiving treatment for self-inflicted injuries.

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.

Deputies attempted to coax the teen out of the bathroom for half an hour before he threatened to harm himself. They ultimately broke down the door and attempted to apprehend him, during which he was holding a knife. The encounter resulted in deputies pepper-spraying him and one deputy being injured by the knife. Despite efforts to revive him, the teen was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The sheriff expressed his condolences to the family and community members affected by this tragic incident, stating that it is time for change in how society handles mental health issues among young people. He called upon local leaders and organizations to work together towards creating more accessible and effective mental health services for those who need them most.

By Samantha Nguyen

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