Ohio -13 year old boy with BB gun shot by police

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Columbus, Ohio – A 13 year old boy was shot and killed by police after reaching for a pistol in his waistband that was later identified as a BB gun. The boy was 13 year old Tyree King.

MyFoxColumbus reported,

“Police chief Kim Jacobs says the officers were initially called out to a report of an armed robbery in the area of S. 18th and Capital Streets around 7:42 pm. The victim gave police descriptions of a group of individuals who he said approached him, showed a gun, and demanded money. Officers said the robbery victim has knowledge of guns, and thought it was a real weapon when they talked to him.

Responding officers said a short time later they saw King and two others males matching the descriptions from the robbery on Hoffman Street, just a short distance away from the robbery scene.”

Police gave chase to the males, and when confronting them just a few blocks away from the scene,  King is said to have pulled the BB gun from his waistband. Officer Bryan Mason, a 9 year veteran of the Columbus Police Department, opened fired and shot him multiple times.

King died later at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


The BB gun used in this incident has a warning label on the original box: “do not brandish or display this product in public, as people may become confused…”

Police stated that it was nearly identical to the guns police carry, and even had a laser light mounted beneath the barrel.

If the kids thought it was funny to attempt to rob someone with a fake gun, the survivors now understand that was not the case. One male who was with King has been released, but police say there may be charges later.


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