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Boy, 13, fatally shot by police after pulling out BB gun

Posted September 15

— Police in Ohio responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they said pulled a gun from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun.

It happened Wednesday night in Columbus.

Police said officers were responding to a report of an armed robbery involving multiple suspects. When they arrived on the scene, they said the victim told them that a group of people approached him and demanded money. The victim said that one of them had a gun.

Police said the officers saw three males matching the descriptions of the suspects and tried to speak with them, when two of the suspects 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," police said in a statement early Thursday. "One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times."

The suspect, later identified as 13-year-old Tyree King, was taken to a children's hospital, where he died.

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.

Police said upon further investigation it was determined that King's gun was actually a BB gun with an attached laser sight.

Police said the incident is under investigation.


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  • Jim Williams Sep 15, 9:27 a.m.
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    Lamario you make a very good point. I have seen outstanding parents have a bad child, and I have seen great children come from absent parents.

    I would have to think this child is "street wise," and knew the consequences of pulling any type of weapon on law enforcement. LE wants to go home to their families at the end of the work day too.

  • Lamario Kelly Sep 15, 8:49 a.m.
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    Lance, I understand blaming the parents is the easy way out. But I have grew up with many people who's parents both work good jobs, try to stay involved in their kids life and makes sure he/she gets all the things they need and want. I know parents who constantly follow up with their kids whereabouts, friends they hang with, places they go and raise them in church and other activities. With that being said the kids are still out there causing all sorts of ruckus. So I don't blame the parents "all the time" because sometimes more than none it's not the parents that have the influence, it can be them just wanting to fit in and make their friends like them and this is done by their own will not how the parents raise them. Now you may be correct with that statement, but before you know all the facts you shouldn't just assume it was the parents fault!

  • Lance Cotten Sep 15, 8:17 a.m.
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    yes, once again a too young little boy has lost his life due to a very poor choice.. I also wonder what kind of home life this boy experienced on a daily basis.. i'm guessing not a very good one with much guidance from his parents... So sad in so many ways!

  • Matt Clinton Sep 15, 7:52 a.m.
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    Let me guess. This is somehow the fault of white America and a corrupt police department even though by all rights the shooting was 100% justified as is normally the case? Yeah, that's what I figured.