An off-duty LAPD officer is now off for a little longer after cellphone video emerged of him struggling with a 13-year-old boy, holding him, and eventually pulling a gun and firing….all because they walked across his lawn.
It happened in Anaheim, California at around 2:40 p.m. on February 21st.
Anaheim police were called to the scene after the off-duty LAPD officer had discharged his firearm.
Anaheim police said in a statement Wednesday that the dispute about kids walking across his lawn was ongoing, and that the boy being restrained “is alleged to have threatened to shoot the off-duty officer.” The boy and his parents dispute this.
The officer wasn’t arrested, but the 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were.
The officer has, however, been placed on administrative leave.
According to the boy’s mother, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office had rejected pressing charges against the boy.
“I still fear for our lives, for him living right down the street from us. Him being an officer,” she said.
The DA’s office hasn’t confirmed whether the charges were rejected or not, due to not commenting on juvenile cases.
The LAPD is conducting an investigation into the incident.
Investigators from the Office of the Inspector General will also be reviewing the video.
The 13-year-old boy claims that the officer got upset with a girl who’d walked on his lawn, and that he’d just come to the girl’s defense, and that that’s what prompted the confrontation.
After some back and forth comments and taunting, a young man comes up to the struggling duo, seeming to try to separate them. But then another boy runs into the melee, pushing the officer into and over row of low bushes. It then looks as if a couple try to hit the officer in the head.
That’s when the officer reaches into his waistband and pulls out his gun.
He fires off a shot.
The officer then tells a man with a crutch, believed to be his (the officer’s) father, to call 911.
That man can be heard saying on his phone, “My son shot his gun because they’ve got about 15 people.”
The boy’s family says they’ve gotten an attorney.
The video had over 18,000 views on YouTube before being pulled “for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”