SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A replica handgun was found at the scene where a police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old girl after an encounter as both were driving on a Southern California freeway last week, authorities said Tuesday.
The replica was identical to a Beretta 92 FS handgun, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
An on-duty Fullerton officer was driving his K-9 dog to a veterinarian in his police SUV on Friday when he saw the teen driving at a high rate of speed, according to the release.
At some point, the two vehicles “made physical contact” and then the shooting occurred, the release said. Prosecutors did not say what prompted the officer to open fire.
The family of Hannah Linn Williams has demanded answers to what they said “appears to be another unjustified shooting of a young person of color.”