Crime & Justice

Highland teen shot by deputies after allegedly attacking brother

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San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies shot and critically injured a 16-year-old after he allegedly attacked officers with a hammer and sharp object Saturday night, sheriff's officials said. 

Officers said they were called to the 7400 block of Rogers Lane in Highland at 10:36 p.m. Saturday. In a statement, the San Bernardino Sheriff's department said officers were responding to a call about a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they found a teenager holding a hammer and a "sharp instrument" walking away from the residence. They say the teen then attacked the deputies, and was shot. 

A woman who says she's the mother of the teenagers told NBCLA the boy, Joshua Alvarez, had been in a fight with his brother. She said he's currently on life support.

According to the station: 

A woman who said she's the teen's mother told NBC4 that a Taser should have been used instead of a gun.

“I feel like they should have used a different force on him because he’s a minor," Elizabeth Camacho. “I’ve been crying all night.”

Anyone with information should call the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department at (909) 387-3589.  Those who want to remain anonymous can call 1-800-78-CRIME (27463). 

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