- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a deputy shot and wounded a 16-year-old boy armed with a hammer and a sharp object in a confrontation that has sparked outrage in the teen’s Southern California neighborhood.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives said gunshots were fired in Highland Saturday night when the boy attempted to attack the deputy.

The teen’s family told KCAL-TV the boy was shot three times and suffered damage to his liver, kidney and stomach. They said the teen and his brother were in a heated argument, and a relative called 911 to help break up the fight.

The teen’s aunt Joanna Bonilla, who said she witnessed the shooting, said he was carrying a hammer but insisted he never threatened the deputy.

The family is calling for an independent probe of the shooting.

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