CLEVELAND (AP) – A 12-year-old boy has been fatally shot by Cleveland police after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, prompting a legislator to call for such fakes to be brightly colored.
Tamir Rice died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba says one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. It was an “airsoft” type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun. Police say the orange safety indicator had been removed.
State Rep. Alicia Reece says she’ll introduce a bill to require BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio to be brightly colored or have prominent fluorescent strips.
CLEVELAND (AP) – A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer.
An attorney for the family says the boy died early Sunday morning at a hospital.
The shooting happened Saturday after officers responded to reports of a male with a gun. A man who called 911 told dispatchers that the boy was at a recreation center pointing a pistol that was “probably fake” and scaring everyone.
Police say the officer fired two shots after the boy pulled the fake weapon from his waistband. The orange safety indicator had been removed from the barrel.
Investigators say the boy did not point the fake pistol at officers but reached for it after being told to raise his hands.