Confirmed: Boy shot to death by Sonoma sheriff's deputy had obviously broken toy gun

“One of the deputies described that as the subject was turning toward him the barrel of the assault rifle was rising up and turning in his direction. The deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner, and the safety of the community members in the area,” the statement said.

That’s a nice trick for the boy to pull off, deputy, since the toy gun was missing half its barrel, along with its entire front sight assembly.