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UPDATE: Teen's Actions Dictated Use of Force, Police Say

A police officer shot a teenager he had stopped at a Westborough Boulevard gas station after realizing he was armed, according to police.

UPDATE 12:39 p.m.:

Police provided new information at a press conference this morning about the officer-involved shooting that left a 15-year-old now identified as Derrick Gaines dead.

An officer on duty initiated contact with two juveniles at the Arco gas station shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night because they were acting "in a suspicious manner," according Capt. Mike Brosnan. One complied with the officer and one, Gaines, ran away, Brosnan said. 

Gaines removed a handgun from his waistband, at which point the officer feared for his life and shot him, Brosnan said.

"It's always a tragic and traumatic event for all involved when a suspect's actions precipitate the use of deadly force," said Brosnan, promising a "lengthy" investigation by the police department and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

"We as a community are healing from many young deaths in this community," Brosnan said. "South San Francisco is not accustomed to this sort of behavior."

Gaines was known to law enforcement, but it's not clear whether he was known to the officer involved. Police are in possession of the weapon they say Gaines was carrying; whether he pointed it at the officer will be a matter for the investigation, Brosnan said.

Gaines' companion, who complied with the officer, was not detained or arrested, Brosnan said.

The officer involved is on administrative leave.

It's been over 30 years since there was a fatal officer-involved shooting in South San Fancisco and several years since there was an officer-involved shooting of any type, according to Police Chief Michael Massoni.

Less than a year ago, a 14-year-old South San Francisco resident, , was shot in a drive-by shooting, and just last month, in a federal investigation into a December 2010 shooting that left three young men dead.

Massoni said that increased gun possession was a factor in these recent deaths. , Massoni noted that the Neighborhood Response Team, created last year to fight gang violence, had confiscated 20 handguns.

Brosnan reiterated the police department's committment to transparency in this case.

"We want [the investigation] to be as detailed and lengthy as needed," Brosnan said.

UPDATE 11:54 a.m.: 

The teenager shot and killed by a police officer was 15, not 14 as previously reported, according to South San Francisco police.

UPDATE 10:57 a.m.: 

South San Francisco police have confirmed that the person shot by police shortly before 9 p.m. last night was a juvenile.

He was apparently a student at Foxridge, the Community Day School program for expelled students, according to Superintendent Alejandro Hogan.

Hogan said counselors are in the process of reaching out to the teenager's family and will make a decision about how to respond to the wider school community later in the day.

The student is the second South San Francisco teenager to be shot and killed in the last year. last September.

Arco owner Oliver Chin said his son called him at 9 p.m. last night to let him know about the shooting. 

One cashier was on duty when he heard shots ring out.

Chin said that by the time he arrived, the shooting scene had been roped off.

Chin has owned the gas station since 1988 and said it's the first time something like this has happened.

"It's a safe area," Chin said.

UPDATE 9:05 a.m.: 

The person fatally shot by a South San Francisco police officer was a 14-year-old teenager, KTVU reports.

An officer had tried to stop two people at a Gellert Boulevard McDonald's when one of them fled toward the neighboring ARCO station on Westborough Boulevard, according to KTVU.

South San Francisco Police Sgt. Danny Gil told KTVU that at one point the teenager turned and removed a firearm. At that point the police officer fired a single shot, striking and ultimately killing the teen.

The teenager had just completed eighth grade, according to a woman who said her son was his classmate and friend.

Diana Mayorga brought a balloon and sign reading "Stop Police Violence," to place alongside teddy bears that already adorned one corner of the gas station Wednesday morning. She said her son, Gabriel, hadn't been with the teen last night, but they regularly hung out at McDonald's.

"My son is a good kid. His friend is a good kid," Mayorga said. "They keep taking out guns and shooting this kids."

Mayorga said her son starting getting phone calls last night that his friend since sixth grade had died. 

"He was up all night long," Mayorga said.

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Just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, a South San Francisco police officer shot a man he had stopped for a pedestrian check after realizing he was armed.

The officer had stopped the man on the 2300 block of Westborough Boulevard, just east of Westborough Middle School. Upon realizing the pedestrian was carrying a firearm, the police officer feared for his life, according to police.

The officer began first aid; paramedics transported the injured man to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

The and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.

Patch will update this story with further information as it becomes available. The police department plans to hold a press conference later today.

Jim C June 07, 2012 at 03:12 AM
You are the problem.
patty June 07, 2012 at 04:45 AM
How tragic the death of such a young man. What a waste. He made some bad choices. Unfortunatley sounds like he was carrying a gun and the Police Officer reacted accordingly. If you say FTP....dont bother calling them when your in need. I pray that God protects our brave Police Officers.
Tess June 07, 2012 at 04:46 AM
@Patricia Anen - The only ignorant person commenting thus far is you. The rest of us - “you people” - can actually put a sentence together, spell pretty good and make our point clear. Derrick may have acted recklessly but YOU are the last person to make the conclusion he is “stupid”. If you want to get respect for your opinion, respect the people you are talking about and talking to, or in this case, typing to.
Nancy June 07, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Any time some one points a gun at a police officer, or any other human being, they are setting into motion a "roulette ball" that can & will change their life forever.
patty June 07, 2012 at 04:59 AM
check out his facebook page....seems like a nice kid...flipping you off
Rico chez June 07, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Kids with guns = death by cop or other kids with guns. He had a gun.........I don't feel sorry for him. Just think who he would of killed. U pull a gun out don't forget if u gonna pull it out u better hope the other person dont have a gun too. He was a good kid.........give me a break. He had a gun.
Nunya June 07, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Thank you Jay.
Domingo June 07, 2012 at 10:19 AM
THIS IS A TERRIBLE INCIDENT. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS CITY IS GETTING WORSE. EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE'S COPS, IT IS BECOMING TO BE A WAR ZONE. WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS CITY? IT USED TO BE A QUIET TOWN WHERE EVERYONE FEELS HOMELY. IT IS TIME THAT PARENTS TAKES RESPONSIBILITY OF THEIR CHILDREN. WITH THIS KID CARRYING A GUN, HE MUST HAVE BEEN RATTLED UPON SEEING A COP, SO HIS REACTION IS TO RUN, AT THAT AGE HE DOESN'T KNOW BETTER OR HOW TO HANDLE THAT SITUATION. AND THE COP IT IS PART OF THEIR TRAINING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBOUR "BUT" THERE IS A WAY THIS KILLING NOT TO HAPPEN, STUN GUN CAN BE USE FIRST. I GUESS WHAT I'M SAYING IS COPS CAN BE BETTER EQUIPT TO AVOID SUCH A TRAGIC INCIDENTS.
nbalot June 07, 2012 at 10:21 AM
THIS IS A TERRIBLE INCIDENT. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS CITY IS GETTING WORSE. EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE'S COPS, IT IS BECOMING TO BE A WAR ZONE. WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS CITY? IT USED TO BE A QUIET TOWN WHERE EVERYONE FEELS HOMELY. IT IS TIME THAT PARENTS TAKES RESPONSIBILITY OF THEIR CHILDREN. WITH THIS KID CARRYING A GUN, HE MUST HAVE BEEN RATTLED UPON SEEING A COP, SO HIS REACTION IS TO RUN, AT THAT AGE HE DOESN'T KNOW BETTER OR HOW TO HANDLE THAT SITUATION. AND THE COP IT IS PART OF THEIR TRAINING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBOUR "BUT" THERE IS A WAY THIS KILLING NOT TO HAPPEN, STUN GUN CAN BE USE FIRST. I GUESS WHAT I'M SAYING IS COPS CAN BE BETTER EQUIPT TO AVOID SUCH A TRAGIC INCIDENTS.
Concerned Citizen June 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
If you pull out a gun on a police officer, you have just commited suicide by cop. Police are trained to shoot to kill when confronted with a deadly weapon. The officer involved is a hero for saving his own life and any bystanders lives that may have been in jepordy if this guy was able to squeeze the trigger. SSFPD is doing a GREAT JOB on cracking down on these "street kids". Keep up the good work! My prayers are with the OFFICER involved.
Rico chez June 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If this kid was such a good kid then why is he having a gangster funeral. I went by the gas station and all I saw was young punks. Look at his friends and you can tell what kind of kid he was.
patty June 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Here we go again... Gonna pull the 'race' card-poor innocent young man (carrying a gun-running from the police-for no reason?) I read the officer should have used a stun gun-please...sure- then the officer can get shot instead - I say shame on the parents- thank God for the Police who protect us! That 'innocent' kid could have used that gun on someone ....someone who is Realy Innocent!!
Shelbylynnseward June 07, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Why would the officer fear for his life when he was running AWAY?? A 15 year old with a gun is going to run away, no doubt. Troubled teen clearly. (was in an alternative school for expelled kids). I, for one, would never pack a gun. I don't condone it. But I think It's all BS! No witnesses, only the officer. Cops are crooked. Seen it for myself and dealt with it myself!
Somom June 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
SoMom This is really sad ,if the officer feared for his life, you dont shoot too kill,and why was the boy carrying a gun ? he should not have been carry a gun sorry. I will pray for the family.
Drew Himmelstein (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
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Andrew June 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
A lot of you are saying that the officer didn't have to shoot to kill. That may be so, however the kid would have.
Angelique June 07, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I found it very ignorant last night while watching the news, the comment "Derrick got shot for being black in South City" and "he was a minority" ......Wow?!?! We have plenty of minorities in our city AND it's been 30 years since anyone has been shot and killed by a SSFPD officer. Take some responsibility for the son that was raised by his great aunt! He was roaming the streets at 9pm, ran from a cop unlike his smart friend who stayed put, and pulled a gun from his waist loaded or not, pointed it or not, that cop would of been stupid for not shooting first! Agreed a 15 year old doesn't deserve to get shot, BUT he was old enough to know better and to make better choices!
Jesse M. June 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Why is everybody quick to assume that kids like Derrick are able to make adult decisions to follow the wrong paths. I bet you anything that mom and dad weren't even a part of this boy's life. These kids are the way they are because somewhere down the road, an adult wasn't able to make a positive connection. Maybe he grew up around folks that carried guns and shot people. Maybe his family fled from another country to avoid gang violence. Surely he was neglected and or abused. In the meantime, assuming that the police who are here to protect us are simply trigger happy throws salt on the wound. The only way we can really heal the situation is to expend whatever extra love we have on behalf of the kids in our lives and in our communities. If you've ever wanted to change someone's life and be a mentor, take that extra step today!
Alicia June 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Are you people kidding me? IF THE KID EVEN HAD A GUN!!! And why couldn't the officer shoot him in the leg or in the foot somewhere that wasn't fatal??? This is another case of police brutality! And it was just a child!! What was the officer doing anyway, just harrassing the kid, why because he was wearing a hoodie? From what I know about this kid chances are there wasn't a gun involved. It's just another case of the "biggest gang in the world" the police dept overreacting!!! And I will say FTP, it's just sick! Sick how these cops can do whatever they'd like and GET AWAY WITH IT!!! If you don't like my opinion then don't read it. Bottom line
Jim C June 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
"FTP"!? You're the problem, Alicia, not the police. And it's despicable that you're using Derrick's demise to forward your agenda.
Jim C June 07, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Well said.
Jim C June 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
You watch too many movies and, apparently, think they're real life. You can't "shoot to wound". If a cop pulls a gun, it's because his/her life (or someone else' life is in danger) and s/he shoots center mass because there's a better chance of hitting the target.
Claire June 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Agreed
Coraline June 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
OMG you people are all ignorant. I cant believe these comments coming from the mouths of "so called MOMS". A child is dead, both famlies are at a loss. Please let this boy Rest in Peace. It doesn't matter what he did, he was a son nephew brother friend to many and his life is lost forever. Please keep your nasty comments to yourselves.
Jim C June 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Coraline, I absolutely agree. Let the family mourn. At the same time, the way some of these people are using this tragedy to trash the police is not acceptable.
John Doe June 07, 2012 at 09:52 PM
"the officer could of easily shot him in the leg or arm, but reality is, they don't" Sorry to tell you but this is not reality, try going to a range, then you start running and try to shoot another moving target that is say 4" to 8" across as in a leg or an arm. It's nearly impossible, and luck at best. Police are trained to shoot at the center of the body to stop the threat, because even then the actual percentage of an officer hitting a moving with the first shot is less then 20%. They are trained that way because when a person faces a serious threat then the fight or flight syndrome kicks in and the body starts to loose the fine motor skills that it takes to aim and shoot at a small target! It’s also not fair to ask an officer to use less lethal force when faced with lethal force situation.
Jim C June 08, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Tommy, if you move...they win. Please stay.
Jim C June 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
While I'm not comfortable judging people based on their looks, in a case of "if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...", there's a new story on The Patch that tells of a bunch of punks chasing down and threatening a woman who took down a sign that said "Stop Police Violence". I also know of a young man who went into the station office to complain about the same sign to the owner (or maybe an employee). Unfortunately, he was overheard by one of the people from the vigil and when he walked out of the office someone threw a rock at him.
Stu June 08, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Paranoid.
Jim C June 08, 2012 at 06:38 AM
lol. Same thought crossed my mind.

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