Apparently because your son's air-soft gun looked like the real thing to the officers. It looks pretty damn real to me.
They however did not know it was a pellet gun.
Or at least that is what is known at this time. Apparently the Texas Rangers will be investigating this matter.
"Why was so much excess force used on a minor?" the boy's father, Jaime Gonzalez Sr., asked The Associated Press outside the family's home Wednesday night. "Three shots. Why not one that would bring him down?"
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