December 6, 2023
The pickup truck concerned within the altercation Saturday morning. Gilberto Gonzalez/SoCal Information Outlet

Authorities Wednesday publicly recognized a patrolman who shot a teenage boy within the arm final weekend when the youth allegedly pointed a gun towards police throughout a confrontation close to Carlsbad State Seashore.

Carlsbad police Officer Marcos Bocanegra opened hearth on the 16-year-old boy in a dust lot subsequent to the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Palomar Airport Highway early Saturday, in accordance with the San Diego Police Division, which investigates police shootings within the North County metropolis underneath the phrases of a countywide anti-conflict-of-interest settlement.

The occasions that led to the non-fatal legislation enforcement capturing started about 12:45 a.m., when Carlsbad police contacted 5 folks inside a white truck — and grownup and 4 minors — parked within the coastal neighborhood south of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, SDPD Lt. Jud Campbell mentioned.

Noticing alcoholic drinks contained in the car, officers started directing the occupants to get out for questioning. One member of the group, a boy sitting in a entrance passenger seat, did so, then started reaching underneath the seat.

Regardless of officers’ orders to cease what he was doing, the teenager produced a gun and turned within the route of one of many officers. At that time, Bocanegra opened hearth, discharging a single spherical, Campbell mentioned.

The injured teen then ran towards the ocean and both jumped or fell down the aspect of a sea bluff, Campbell mentioned. Officers gave chase, took the youth into custody and offered him with emergency care, together with the usage of a tourniquet.

Paramedics took the boy to a hospital for remedy of a bullet wound to his proper arm. He has since been booked into juvenile corridor on suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm. His identify has been withheld as a result of he’s a minor.

Close to the place the boy was apprehended, police discovered an unserialized ghost gun, the lieutenant mentioned.

Bocanegra has been employed by the Carlsbad Police Division since Could, Campbell mentioned.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.