Robbery suspect linked to officer-involved shooting due in court

Demetrius Emanuel Lee Braxton/WCMH
Demetrius Emanuel Lee Braxton/WCMH

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)  – A 19-year-old robbery suspect linked to the 13-year-old Ohio boy shot fatally by Columbus police faces a court appearance.

Demetrius Braxton had told The Columbus Dispatch that he was with 13-year-old Tyre King on Sept. 14 and that Tyre had a BB gun that looked like a real firearm and wanted to rob someone for money.

Columbus police arrested Braxton on a robbery charge Saturday afternoon near the Ohio State University campus.

Braxton is scheduled for a Monday morning municipal court appearance. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney yet.

He’s facing one count of robbery, a felony of the second degree.

Police say investigators are still looking for other individuals who might have been with Braxton during the time of the robbery. Investigators believe those individuals may have information that will help piece together the events prior to when King was shot.

Police said in a statement that King “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another person into custody Wednesday night after a reported robbery near the corner of South 18th Street and East Capital Street. Officer Bryan Mason reportedly shot King several times, and King died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday.

The gun was reportedly a BB gun with an attached laser sight.

The full release on King’s death is below:

The robbery and police involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in the area of 27 Hoffman Street, is still under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team.

Investigators continue to work tips regarding the initial robbery and have charged an individual in the robbery leading up to the police shooting.  Demetrius Emanuel Lee Braxton, M/B/19, is charged with one count of Robbery, a felony of the second degree.  Braxton was arrested today near Lane Avenue and State Route 315 at approximately 3:30 pm.

Investigators are still looking for other individuals who might have been with Braxton during the time of the robbery.  Investigators believe those individuals may have information that will help piece together the events prior to the shooting of Tyre King.  Anybody with information is encouraged to contact homicide investigators at 614-645-4624.

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