COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Tyre King, 13, was shot and killed by Columbus police officers back in September after a report of an armed robbery.
According to the autopsy report released by Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz, King died from gunshot wounds to his head and torso and it was ruled a homicide.
Oritz’s report said King was shot a total of three times, once in the left temple, once in the left chest, and once in the upper left abdomen. No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found.
The Columbus Division of Police said in a statement that King “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody.
It happened around 7:45pm, September 14, near the corner of South 18th Street and East Capital Street.
Columbus police responded to the area after a robbery victim claimed a group of individuals had robbed him at gunpoint. Officers then spotted three males matching the description in front of 33 Hoffman Street and tried to talk to them.
Two of the males then ran away, and officers followed them to an alley behind 27 Hoffman Street.
“Officers followed the males to the alley … and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband,” a police statement said. “One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.”
King was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:22pm. No one else was injured.
Crime Scene Search Unit detectives determined the teen was holding a BB gun with an attached laser sight.