Gordon said deputies responded to reports about 8 p.m. that someone was riding a bicycle and brandishing a handgun. Deputies spotted the rider and ordered him to drop the weapon but instead, Gordon says, he pointed it at the deputies. The deputies, fearing for their lives, shot him once," Hernandez said. "Later on, they determined it was a juvenile playing cops and robbers."
Toy guns are sold with day-glo orange paint on the barrels in order for the cops to understand that it is a toy gun.
Granted the 15 year old boy did something very dumb, but clearly the cops did not check their target.