Tyree King killing: Police shoot dead 13-year-old boy in Ohio

Police in Columbus Ohio 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. Associated Press

"Upon further inspection, it was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser site", police said.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther called on the community to help ensure children's safety.

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 had been attempting to take the teenager, identified by authorities as Tyree King, into custody with another male when the incident happened last night.

An attorney for Tyre's family, Sean Walton, called for an independent investigation. The victim said one of them had a gun. Walton says the eighth-grader played football and was in the young scholars program at school.

Police in OH are investigating another case in which a white policeman fatally shot a black boy who had a pellet gun, but Columbus' police chief says it's too soon to draw comparisons to the Cleveland death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Police Chief Kim Jacobs showed reporters pictures of a "replica" of the toy weapon at the Thursday press conference. Mason shot King, police said, after he pulled what appeared to be the handgun from his waistband.

Rice was holding a pellet gun when an officer who had arrived to the scene seconds beforehand shot him.

The police chief said it was too soon to draw comparisons between Tyree's death and Tamir's death. They spoke to the victim of an armed robbery, who described a group who had approached him and demanded money after showing him a gun. Two of the suspects fled on foot while officers tried to arrest the third suspect, identified as 13-year-old Tyree King.

"Officers followed the males to the alley. and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband", the statement added.

Two of the males ran away when officers tried to speak with them.

Columbus police officers do not yet wear body cameras.

In Tamir's case, a 911 caller reported someone pointing a gun at people near a recreation center, and a rookie officer shot Tamir nearly immediately after his police cruiser stopped nearby.

Jacobs said Mason's future with the department beyond the period of administrative leave depends on the investigation.

A grand jury will ultimately decide whether the officer should face criminal charges, Jacobs said. Anyone with information should call the Columbus Police at 614-645-4624.

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