A 15-year-old Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) student shot and killed by police officers Saturday in the campus’ parking lot pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, refusing to drop it, before they opened fire on him.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Acting Homicide Capt. Mike Holden said investigators determined that the weapon the teenager pulled from his waistband during the encounter with the officers was a “semi-automatic BB air pistol.”

According to the SDPD, the teen called 911 just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday asking officers to conduct a welfare check on a minor — himself — who was standing at the TPHS parking lot in the 3700 block of Del Mar Heights Road in Carmel Valley.

The student spoke about himself in the third person in what Holden described as a routine, “very general ‘check the welfare'” call to police.

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