In the small town of Victorville, Southern California, a 17-year-old boy with mental health issues was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies after he armed himself with a knife and locked himself in a bathroom. The incident happened just days after another shooting involving San Bernardino deputies and a 15-year-old boy with autism.

The teenager had previously been transferred from a hospital to a mental health facility for treatment of self-harm. However, he escaped and went to the home where his sisters were living in foster care. When someone called the police to report the disturbance, deputies were dispatched to the scene.

For over half an hour, the deputies tried to negotiate with the teenager, pleading with him to come out of the bathroom peacefully. But when he refused, they were forced to break down the door and try to arrest him. The encounter quickly turned violent as the teenager threatened to hurt himself with his knife.

In an attempt to protect themselves, one deputy was injured by a knife during the altercation. Despite their efforts, however, they were unable to subdue the teenager without using pepper spray. In the end, they were left with no choice but to shoot him dead on site.

The sheriff’s office has since released more details about the incident, including video footage of the encounter that will be made available later today. They have also emphasized their commitment to improving access to mental health services for troubled youth in order to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.

“We cannot continue down this path where law enforcement is expected to be both social workers and crisis counselors,” said Sheriff John McMahon in a statement following the shooting.

“We need better access to mental health services for our youth so that we can provide them with support when they are struggling,” he added.

The sheriff’s office has also reached out directly with families of both victims and expressed their deepest sympathies for their loss.

This tragic incident has raised important questions about how law enforcement agencies should respond when dealing with troubled youth who may pose a danger not only

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