Columbus boy, 13, fatally shot by police after pulling out BB gun

Columbus officials hold news conference on police shooting of 13-year-old

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Police in Columbus responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they say pulled a gun from his waistband. It was later determined to be a BB gun.

According to police, they responded to reports of an armed robbery in the area of S. 18th St. and E. Capital St. around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them that a group of males had approached him and demanded money. One of them reportedly had a gun.

Police say the officers saw three males matching the descriptions of the suspects on Hoffman St. When officers tried to speak with them, two of them ran off. The officers followed them to an alley where police say the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband. The officers shot him multiple times.

The suspect, later identified as 13-year-old Tyree King, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m.

Further investigation showed that the gun was a BB gun with an attached laser.

The officers and other suspects were not injured. Police are currently speaking with one of the suspects and witnesses to both the robbery and the shooting. The third robbery suspect has not yet been caught.

The Columbus police released a statement on the shooting saying, "As in all police involved shootings, the involved officer(s) will receive mandated psychological support counseling. Officers are also afforded an opportunity to take leave time to assist in recovery from traumatic experiences. This incident will be investigated by the Criminal Incident Response Team (made up of specially trained investigators from the Homicide Units). The final investigative package will be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board and the Chain-of-Command for review."

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