A Columbus, Ohio boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband and was shot to death by police responding to a call.
13-year-old Tyree King died Wednesday night at a children's hospital.
Police were responding to an armed robbery report that involved multiple suspects and understood one of them to be carrying a gun. The victim of the robbery said a group of people approached him and demanded money with one holding a firearm.
Officers saw three males matching the description of the suspects and two of them fled when approached.
“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.”
Police said King’s gun was actually a BB gun with an attached laser sight.
The male with King was identified, interviewed and released pending further investigation. Police said additional suspects were being sought. The officers and the other suspect were not injured.
The incident is under investigation.
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