Tyree King, 13, Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Ohio

Sep 15 2016, 12:21 pm ET

Tyree King, 13, Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Ohio

Image Shown of BB Gun Similar to One Found at boy, 13, Shooting Scene1:18

Police in Columbus, Ohio, were investigating how a 13-year-old boy wanted for questioning Wednesday night in an armed robbery ended up fatally shot by an officer.

The child — later identified by Columbus police as Tyree King — had “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody, the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement. As the encounter unfolded, an officer shot King “multiple times.”

The weapon recovered from the scene was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at news conference Thursday morning. She showed a replica image of that BB gun.


“Our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon,” said Jacobs, adding, “It turns out not to be a firearm, but as you can see, it looks like a firearm that can kill you.”



  1. I doubt the kid pulled the BB gun, and BB guns cause minimal injuries; I used to use my brother’s as a kid. I honestly think the officer saw the BB gun, mistook it for a real gun, and opened fire. It’s very unfortunate, but as we know it’s extremely dangerous to be Black and carrying a toy gun, a BB gun, a sandwich, a bottle of iced tea…pretty much anything.


    1. You have my full empathy – and my blog –
      to post & share all the crying injustice done on Blacks –
      As the Little Boy said to his mother – the bell was ringing –
      “Mom, Police is here – they come and kill us”
      And they did it!
      I am so deeply grieving … a child – like a wise man –

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