01/12/2001

11-year-old's killing was
accidental, report says
[Modesto, CA]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(MODESTO, Calif.) -- The shooting of an 11-year-old boy during a drug raid last September was an accident, although investigators still haven't figured out what caused the officer to pull the trigger, a report on the shooting revealed.

The summary of the police investigation was released Wednesday. The Modesto Bee said in a published reported that local police are faulting federal agencies for shoddy intelligence because they didn't know there was a possibility that children lived in the house.

During a raid on a suspected drug house on Sept. 13, Officer David Hawn, holding a shotgun, somehow pulled the trigger and killed Alberto Sepulveda. Police Chief Roy Wasden said there is no doubt that Hawn pulled the trigger.

"The trigger had to be pulled, I'm convinced of that," the Bee quoted Wasden as saying. "But I can't find any reason officer (David) Hawn would want that shotgun to discharge. There was no intent."

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