San Diego DA: Torrey Pines officer-involved shooting was legally justified

Office calls shooting a "terrible tragedy."
San Diego DA: Torrey Pines officer-involved shooting was legally justified
Posted at 4:08 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 19:11:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego District Attorney's office Wednesday ruled an officer-involved shooting of a Torrey Pines High School student to be legally justified.

The DA's Office said it after conducting its review of the shooting, San Diego Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jacob Peterson were found to bear no criminal liability.

In a release, the office said evidence showed Peterson placed the 911 call to bring officers to the high school's parking lot and planned the incident.

Body-worn camera footage of the shooting will not be released, the office said, saying the footage "does not serve a public interest, in this instance."

"This was a terrible tragedy for the boy’s family, friends, classmates, and the community in which he lived. His mother has requested the video not be released to avoid additional suffering and anguish for the family and we are respecting her wishes to maintain her family’s privacy," Steve Walker, District Attorney spokesperson, said in a release.


Peterson was shot and killed by officers in the parking lot of Torrey Pines High School just before 3:30 a.m. on May 6. The two officers were responding to a "welfare check" call, which police later determined to have been reported by Peterson himself, according to SDPD.

SDPD said the teen pulled a pistol on the officers and refused verbal commands to drop the weapon. The pistol was later found to be a "semi-automatic BB air pistol."

Peterson died at the scene. The two officers involved were not injured.


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