NBC Bay Area
A large group gathered in South San Francisco at a gas station where a 15 year old boy was shot and killed by a police officer.
Derrick Gaines' mother is trying to process the fact her 15-year-old son will never be coming home.
Police say a South San Francisco police officer confronted the teenager and his buddy at a gas station parking lot Tuesday night because they were acting suspicous. They say Gaines refused to cooperate and, at some point, took off running and pulled out a gun.
South San Francisco Police Capt. Mike Brosnan said that lack of compliance escalated to the point where the suspect produced a handgun from his waistband. "In turn, our officer in the protection of his own life discharged his weapon," Brosnan said.
The Gaines family wants a full investigation. They say the teen wasn't violent and that the police went way too far.
"This is a boy ... he didn't desrve to be killed. He didn't deserve to be killed," stepfather Michael Red said.
Gaines' mother, Rachel Guido Red, said, "Derrick was just a kid ... struggling like all teeangers do. I just want to know what happened."