The confrontation escalated, with the officer scuffling first with one boy - 13-year-old Christian Dorscht - and then with the entire group of kids, who were all unarmed.
The boy's mother says her son told the officer he was going to sue him. "This led to a physical confrontation between the off-duty officer and several other juveniles". One teen makes an effort to separate them, and then another suddenly bulldozes the officer into the bushes in an effort to defend his friend.
At present it is not clear whether the man will face charges, as the Orange County District Attorney's office now investigates.
Though the video, which was recorded on a cellphone, definitely depicts some sort of confrontation between an adult man and a group of teenagers, the Anaheim Police Department has not confirmed the video clip's validity.
Protesters march toward the off-duty officer's home late Wednesday in Anaheim, California.
In yet another disturbing example of use of unnecessary force by law-enforcement officials, an off-duty police officer in Anaheim, Southern California, opened fire on a group of children while physically fighting with a 13-year-old boy. As far as the officer's employment status, he does not work for our agency, but the LAPD is completing its own investigation into the actions of their officer.
Footage widely circulated online shows the as-yet unidentified Los Angeles police officer holding on to Christian Dorscht during an apparent dispute with the boy and a number of his friends. His father plans to take legal action against the department.
"Like many in the community, I've seen the video and I'm very concerned about what it shows", Anaheim mayor Tom Tait said in a statement.
Anaheim police said they have been receiving calls from people upset about the video from across the USA, with email inboxes and department voicemail boxes for administrators have been clogged.
There were also reports of windows being broken in several residences and vehicles, along with other acts of vandalism.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they placed the officer, who was not named, on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation. A 15-year-old boy was arrested for assault and battery and released to his parents.
Anaheim Police released a statement about the incident on Wednesday. The boy alleges in the video below that the officer verbally attacked a female friend, which led to the confrontation that occurred in a suburb of Anaheim, California on February 21.
It was at that point that the officer, with one hand still on the 13-year-old, reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun.
Anaheim police said LAPD is conducting a "concurrent/administrative investigation".
The video of the conflict has generated a great deal of interest.
"I still fear for our lives, for him living right down the street from us", she said, tearing up. Apparently, teens and children walk across the officer's lawn as part of a commonly used route to local schools.
Throughout the incident, the boy and his peers both plead for the officer to let him go.
You can see a video of the incident above.
Wyatt said because shots were fired, LAPD homicide detectives are reviewing the incident, and are looking at possible criminal charges.
Gripping the 13-year-old's sweatshirt, the man then pulls out a gun.
The LAPD officer has been reassigned to a desk job, which is routine in an officer-involved shooting.