The police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice told investigators that the boy reached for a gun just before the patrolman opened fire.
“He gave me no choice. He reached for the gun and there was nothing I could do,” Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann told a fellow officer in the moments after he shot Tamir at a gazebo outside the a recreation center on Nov. 22.
The officer’s words — released Saturday in a 224-page report from Cuyahoga CountyProsecutor Tim McGinty — mark the first time the Loehmann’s account of the shooting was revealed.
The report also notes that Loehmann and his partner each refused to be interviewed by sheriff’s investigators.
The report, however, notes the observations of fellow officers, many of whom said Loehmann appeared distraught after the shooting when police learned that Tamir was much younger than first thought and that his gun was actually a BB gun.