A police officer has shot and killed a 13-year-old after he pulled out a BB gun in Columbus, Ohio.
Officers were called to the Hoffman Street area to reports of an armed robbery involving multiple suspects at around 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 14.
They attempted to talk to a number of males. Two ran off, and, in the ensuing chase, a teenager identified as Tyree King was shot dead, said Columbus Ohio Police in a statement posted on Twitter.
Part of it reads,
Detectives from the Crime Scene Search Unit were dispatched to the shooting and recovered what appeared to be a handgun.
However, on closer inspection, it was determined to be a BB gun.
The suspect who ran off alongside King was arrested and taken in for questioning.
He has since been released pending further investigation.
The statement added all police-involved shootings are investigated.
The officer who shot dead King will be offered psychological support from a counsellor. The statement explains,
Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward and share information regarding the incident.
Meanwhile, a team will put together a report of the shooting before it goes up for review.