Police responding to a report of an armed robbery late Wednesday in Columbus shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after officers said he pulled from his waistband a weapon that was later found to be a BB gun.
The Ohio police department said in a statement on its Facebook page that officers investigating the reported robbery in east Columbus around 7.45 p.m., were told by a male victim that a group of people approached him and demanded money. One of them, he told officers, had a gun.
Officers said they were attempting to speak with three males matching the descriptions of the suspects when two of them fled on foot.
"Officers followed the males to the alley ... and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband. One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times," according to the police statement.
The boy, identified as 13-year-old Tyree King, was taken to the Nationwide Children's Hospital in a critical condition and was later pronounced dead, the police statement.
Police said the gun, found at the scene, was later determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight.
A local resident, Chris Naderer, tells The Columbus Dispatch that he heard someone knock down a gate in his backyard and looked out to see an officer chasing two young men into an alley. He says he then heard three to five gunshots from the alley, the newspaper reports.
The male with King was interviewed and released pending further investigation. Police were searching for the third suspect in the robbery.
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