The cop did what he had to do.
Cell phone video showing an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer firing his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy has been posted on Youtube. No one was shot during the incident, which resulted in the arrest of the 13-year-old and another teen, but not the unnamed officer. You can watch the video above. A single shot is fired about the 2:30 mark of the video. The teen has been identified by his family as Christian Dorscht, the Orange County Weekly reports.
Police told KTLA-TV the incident occurred near the officer’s home in Anaheim on Tuesday about 2:40 p.m. His home is located near Loara High School, Anaheim Police said, and several teens can be seen in the video with backpacks, apparently after leaving the school.
“The confrontation began over ongoing issues with juveniles walking across the officer’s property,” Anaheim Police said in a statement. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and police said the officer admitted to firing the gun. He was not charged, but the 13-year-old boy seen being grabbed by the officer and another 15-year-old boy were arrested.
The 13-year-old is facing charges of criminal threats and battery, the Orange County Register reports. The 15-year-old was charged with assault and battery, according to the newspaper. The officer is accusing Christian of threatening to shoot him, but Christian’s father, Johnny Dorscht, told the OC Weekly that his son actually said he was going to sue the officer, not shoot him.
“What I’ve been told is that my son told the off-duty cop, ‘I’m going to sue you for hitting me. I’m a minor,’” Dorscht siad .