Tyree King, 13, was fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police on Wednesday night

By Char Adams
Updated September 15, 2016 08:00 AM
Credit: AP

Ohio police fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after he pulled out what later turned out to be a BB gun during an alleged robbery, police say.

Officers in Columbus said two teens fled the scene when they responded to a report of an armed robbery Wednesday on the city’s east side, according to a statement from police. A victim told the officers a group approached him with a gun and demanded money.

“Officers followed the males … and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband,” police said. “One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.”

The teen, identified as Tyree King, died later at Children’s Hospital.

After the shooting, investigators recovered “what appeared to be a handgun,” police said. But, “upon further inspection, it was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight.”

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No one else was injured and another person was questioned and released in connection with the incident.

The officers involved will “receive mandated psychological support counseling,” as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

The officers will also have the option of taking “leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience.”

The fatal shooting is still under investigation.

The shooting comes nearly two years after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by police in Cleveland who mistook his toy, replica gun for a firearm.