( 4UMF NEWS ) 13-Year-Old Boy Carrying BB Gun Shot Dead By Police:
A 13-year-old Ohio boy was shot and killed by police after pulling a BB gun from his waistband while officers were trying to place him under arrest, authorities said.
Tyree King was shot multiple times after police responded to an armed robbery call in east Columbus around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Cops arrived on the scene and matched the caller’s description of the suspects with King and two other young males standing next to him. As officers approached the group, King and one other suspect ran off as officers trailed them into an alley.
When the officers attempted to arrest the duo, King allegedly grabbed the weapon, leading one officer to fire the fatal shots.
King was rushed to a children’s hospital but could not be saved.
Investigators later found the firearm King had pulled was, in fact, a BB gun with an attached laser scope.
No officers were injured and police were still investigating early Thursday.
The unidentified suspect with King was interviewed and released pending further investigation. Additional suspects were also being sought, cops said.
Elsewhere in Ohio, the Cleveland Police Department was sharply criticized after one of its rookie cops fatally shot Tamir Rice in November 2014. Rice, a 12-year-old black child, was playing with a toy gun near a gazebo when he was killed.
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