13-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Columbus, Ohio, Police

Police cruiser in Columbus, Ohio, where officers shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in a call about an armed robbery.
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A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday night after officers say the boy pulled a gun—which later turned out to be a BB gun—from his waistband, the Associated Press reports.

According to the report, officers were responding to a report of an armed robbery involving multiple suspects at the time of the shooting. Upon their arrival at the scene, according to the report, the victim told officers that a group of people approached him and demanded money. One of the individuals, the victim said, had a gun.


Officers reportedly spotted three individuals matching the descriptions of the suspects and tried to speak to them when two of them ran away.

"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. "One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times."


Officers recovered a BB gun with an attached laser sight from the scene. The suspect, identified as Tyree King, 13, later died at a children's hospital.

According to AP, the other individual with the 13-year-old was identified, interviewed and released pending further investigation. Police are looking for additional suspects in the case. No one else was injured in the incident.


The shooting is under investigation, AP reports.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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