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15-year-old boy shot by South San Francisco police identified

June 6, 2012 |  2:31 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

South San Francisco police identified the 15-year-old boy shot and killed by police after he allegedly brandished a gun at an officer.

The officer was on routine patrol when he stopped Derrick Gaines and another teenager just before 9 p.m. Tuesday in an Arco parking lot near the 2300 block of Westborough Boulevard, said Sgt. Bruce McPhillips of the South San Francisco Police Department.

The officer, whose name has not been released, stopped the teenagers because he "felt they were suspicious," McPhillips said. He declined to elaborate.

"There was a very, very short foot pursuit, and one of the subjects produced a handgun," McPhillips said. "The officer drew his weapon, fired one shot and the subject was struck."

The officer, who has worked in the department for five years, began CPR on Gaines until paramedics arrived, McPhillips said. Gaines was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died.

Investigators spoke to the other teenager and several witnesses at the scene, McPhillips said. The other teen was not detained by police.

A revolver was also recovered, but it was not immediately known if the gun was loaded.

Sixteen-year-old Lorne Burnham spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday at a makeshift memorial outside the gas station, where two teddy bears flanked the message, "Rest in peace, baby boy."

Burnham, a friend of Gaines', said the teenager liked rapping and making music and recently left South San Francisco High School to be home-schooled.

As standard procedure, the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation, McPhillips said. The San Mateo County district attorney's office is heading the investigation.

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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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