Boy, 13, Fatally Shot By Police After Pulling Out BB Gun

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Police in Ohio responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they say pulled a gun from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun.

It happened Wednesday night in Columbus.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them that a group of males had approached him and demanded money. One of them reportedly had a gun.

Police say the officers saw three males matching the descriptions of the suspects and tried to speak with them, when two of them ran off. The officers followed them to an alley when police say a suspect pulled a gun from his waistband, and an officer shot him.

The suspect, later identified as Tyree King, was taken to a hospital, where he died.


The Ohio policeman who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy who had a pellet gun also shot and killed a man in 2012.

Officer Bryan Mason is a nine-year veteran of the Columbus police. He shot 13-year-old Tyree King in a Wednesday night confrontation after Tyree ran from officers investigating a reported armed robbery.

The head of the local police union that represents Mason didn’t immediately respond to a message Thursday.

In the December 2012 case, Mason shot a man who was holding another man at gunpoint. Officers said the armed man refused orders to drop his weapon and was shot.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that investigators concluded Mason acted within policy in that case.

Police said Thursday that they couldn’t immediately provide other information from Mason’s personnel record.