Sammis and Ellis were staking out an apartment complex next to the one Farrow lived in, when they saw Farrow and his cousin playing nearby. The officers claim that they mistook Farrow's toy pistol for a real gun in the dark. They ordered the boys to lay down. Farrow's cousin obliged, officers say, but Farrow did not, and instead moved toward the officers and raised the toy gun, prompting Sammis to fire.
H.G. Foster, the special prosecutor, said at a press conference today, that officers followed protocol. The state investigation of the shooting is closed. Federal investigators earlier found no evidence to support prosecuting Sammis for violating Farrow's civil rights. A $125 million civil suit by Farrow's mother against the West Memphis police is still pending.
Foster said that Farrow's last words were, "It's just a toy."