In my blogging about Christopher Penley, the 8th grader from Florida who was shot by police while brandishing a pellet gun, I left out an important item. Christopher Penley’s father, Ralph Penley, tried to warn police that the gun his son was carrying was fake…
Eslinger said Friday it wasn’t until after the incident that authorities realized the weapon was only a pellet gun. But Nation said Saturday Ralph Penley told authorities it wasn’t a real gun on a cell phone as he rushed to the school after hearing of the incident. Nation said police wouldn’t let Ralph Penley inside when he arrived.
“If Christopher was alive and (Ralph Penley) was able to go into the school, he would’ve been able to talk him out of it,” Nation said. “He did everything he could to avoid this situation.”
However, Nation said he didn’t know the precise timeline of events, including whether Christopher had died before Ralph Penley arrived. He said he’d be investigating the incident further.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis Lemma said Sunday the department had no immediate comment on Nation’s statement.
However, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday that Eslinger said Ralph Penley wasn’t told of the events until after his son was shot.
“It’s a total misunderstanding,” Eslinger told the newspaper.