On Wednesday, a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Columbus Ohio police officer. The boy allegedly pulled a gun while being placed under arrest. The weapon was later confirmed by detectives to be a BB gun with an attached laser scope.
— KTBS (@KTBS) September 15, 2016
According to the Columbus Police Department, Ohio was responding to a report of an armed robbery when the incident occurred. The robbery victim told police that they had been approached by a group of people who demanded money. The victim also reported that one of them had a gun.
Officers said they found three suspects fitting thee victim’s description and approached them. Two of the suspects fled on foot while officers tried to arrest the third suspect, identified as 13-year-old Tyree King.
“Officers followed the males to the alley … and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband,” police said in a statement early Thursday morning. “One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.”
Another suspect, who was with King, was later taken into custody and released pending further investigation. Police said they were looking for additional suspects.
The boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead on Wednesday evening.
*UPDATE 9:55pm Tonight’s officer-involved shooting suspect was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) September 15, 2016
No officers were injured in the incident, and according to WKYC, the officer who opened fire has been with the force for nine years. Police said the incident is under investigation.
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