SAN DIEGO ( — San Diego police shot and killed a 15-year-old boy who they say pulled out what turned out to be a BB gun on them in the parking lot of Torrey Pines high school early Saturday morning.

The shooting occurred just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The teen was a student at the school and lived in the neighborhood.

San Diego police said officers responded to a welfare check on a “male juvenile” in front of the school. Investigators believe the teen made the 911 call himself, police said.

When two officers arrived and got out of their patrol car, the 15-year-old pulled what looked like a gun from his waistband and pointed it at them. Both officers drew their weapons and commanded the teen to drop his gun. He refused to comply and began to walk towards one of the officers, police said. That is when both officers opened fire on him.

The boy suffered several gunshot wounds and was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, where he died.

The gun turned out to be a semi-automatic BB air pistol, police said.

The boy’s name was not released.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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