A white Ohio police officer responding to a robbery report shot to death a 13-year-old black boy after he pulled out what appeared to be a weapon that was later determined to be a BB gun, police said on Thursday.
Tyree King was shot multiple times in an alley when he drew what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband during a confrontation with officers on Wednesday in Columbus, the state capital, police said.
“We consider it a tragedy when something like this happens,” Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference. “This is the last thing any police officer wants.”
Jacobs identified the officer who shot King as Bryan Mason, a nine-year veteran of the force. Mason was placed on temporary administrative duty, pending an internal investigation.
King’s death comes nearly two years after the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was black, by a white Cleveland, Ohio police officer who responded to reports of a suspect with a gun in a city park.