Replica handgun found where California officer shot teen driver

A handgun recovered at the scene of a fatal police shooting was determined to be a replica, prosecutors said.

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Southern California authorities say a replica of a handgun was found at the scene where a police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old girl after an encounter as both were driving on a freeway last week.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday the replica was identical to a Beretta 92 FS handgun.

The district attorney’s news release does not say why the officer fired but describes the general situation.

The release says an on-duty Fullerton police officer was driving his K-9 dog to a veterinarian in his police SUV when he saw the teen driving at a high rate of speed.

At some point the two vehicles made contact and then the shooting occurred.

The girl’s family is demanding the state attorney general conduct a civil rights investigation.

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