Deputy Who Shot, Killed Andy Lopez Set to Return to Work This Week

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    TK
    NBC Bay Area
    Images of Andy Lopez seen in this photo taken at a memorial site in Santa Rosa.

    The deputy who shot and killed a Santa Rosa teen will return to work this week.

    The Press Democrat reported that deputy Erick Gelhaus will report to desk duty.

    He has been on leave since Oct. 22.

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    The parents of a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy killed by a sheriff's deputy who thought the airsoft rifle he was carrying was real has filed a lawsuit over their son's death, claiming the deputy who shot him used excessive force and had a history of "reckless" acts. Jodi Hernandez reports.

    The deputy's attorney says he thought 13-year old Andy Lopez was carrying a real AK-47 when he shot him.

    That gun was in fact an airsoft BB gun painted to look real.

    Memorial Park Considered in Santa Rosa for Andy Lopez

    [BAY] Memorial Park Considered in Santa Rosa for Andy Lopez
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is considering a park in honor of Andy Lopez, a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by a deputy who thought his replica rifle was real. Christie Smith reports.

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    News of the deputy's return to duty has shocked Lopez supporters on social media.

    The Justice for Andy Lopez Facebook page is calling for a protest at the sheriff's department on Tuesday.

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