A Columbus, Ohio police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy he was trying to detain after responding to an armed robbery report.
According to a statement from the Columbus Division of Police, 8th grader Tyree King “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody on Wednesday night.
Officers investigating the robbery were told by a male victim that a group of people approached him demanding money — one of which reportedly had a gun.
Cops said they were attempting to speak with three people matching the descriptions of the suspects when two of them fled on foot.
The statement continued:
“Officers followed the males to the alley … and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband. One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.”
As it turns out, investigators later determined that the weapon was actually a BB gun with an attached laser sight.
King was taken to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead:
*2nd UPDATE 10:55pm Officers chased several armed robbery suspects on foot to a nearby [email protected] Broad where 1 suspect was shot-later died.
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The officer who fired the shots is a nine-year police veteran who recently transferred to the zone where the incident happened.
The male suspect with King at the time was interviewed and released upon further investigation. Police are still searching for the third suspect.
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