Ohio Cops Kill 13-Year-Old Carrying BB Gun
He fled officers investigating an armed robbery: police
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2016 5:33 AM CDT
Updated Sep 15, 2016 6:11 AM CDT
A police vehicle on the scene of a 2014 shooting in Springfield, Ohio.   (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Sun, Clint Davis)

(Newser) – A police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy carrying a BB gun after he ran from officers in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, authorities say. Officers were investigating an armed robbery—in which the victim said a group of people, one of whom had a gun, had demanded money from him—when they saw three males matching the descriptions of the suspects about a block away, reports the AP. As officers approached them, two suspects took off running, police say. "Officers followed the males to the alley ... and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband," police say. "One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times."

Tyree King, 13—whom police later determined was carrying a BB gun with an attached laser sight—was rushed to a children's hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:22pm, reports NBC News. WCMH identifies the officer who shot King as a nine-year veteran of the force who had just been transferred to the zone where the shooting occurred. No one else was injured. The male suspect with Tyree was interviewed by police and released. Officers say they are still looking for other robbery suspects.