13-year-old with BB gun killed by police in Columbus, Ohio

"This is the last thing that a police officer wants to do in their career".

Jacobs described the BB gun as looking "practically identical" to firearms carried by Columbus police officers. And a deadly shooting.

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday identified Bryan Mason as the police officer who shot 13-year-old Tyree King.

Tamir's death was one of a number of high-profile police killings of African Americans that spurred protests across the country regarding the disproportionate number of black people killed by police.

"Tyree King's death is a tragedy and today we mourn the loss of this 13 year-old child".

"A 13-year-old is dead in the city of Columbus because of our obsession with guns", he said. Rich Weiner. "The facts are not similar, and that must be reiterated". Two of them ran away when officers tried to speak with them.

The Columbus Division of Police said in a statement that when they arrived at the scene they saw three people matching the suspects' descriptions nearby. He was taken to a children's hospital, where he died.

Mason shot and killed John E. Kaufman in December of 2012 during a dispute between Kaufman and another man.

NBC4i Columbus reports the officer who fired the shots was a nine-year veteran of the force and just recently transferred to the zone where Wednesday night's shooting happened.

Mason has been placed on leave while Tyre's shooting is investigated, in keeping with department policy. Police did not immediately release the race of the boy killed. Sirens were heard moments later as police searched for the suspects.

At a news conference, police Chief Kim Jacobs displayed a photo of a BB gun like the one Tyre had.

Police in OH are investigating another case in which a white policeman fatally shot a black boy who had a pellet gun, but Columbus' police chief says it's too soon to draw comparisons to the Cleveland death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

The gun "turns out not to be a firearm in the sense that it fires real bullets, but.it looks like a firearm that can kill you".

"The family is obviously distraught by the murder of Tyre", said attorney Chanda Brown, who represents the boy's family.

Sean Walton, an attorney for King's family, said the eighth-grader had no violent criminal history.

Mr Walton said the family believed Tyre being involved in an armed robbery would be "so out of character" for him.

One of those was King, who police say pulled a weapon from his waistband. They said it wasn't clear if the shooting had been caught on video. A rookie officer shot Tamir nearly immediately after his police cruiser stopped nearby. A member of the group "had a gun on [the victim]", and the others were "standing behind him holding their hands, too, like they had guns on them", the witness said.

It was "indisputable" that the boy was drawing the pistol from his waistband when he was shot, Tim McGinty, Cuyahoga County prosecutor, said at the time.

Tamir Rice, 12, from Cleveland was fatally shot dead by police after they received an emergency call about someone brandishing a gun that the called said was probably a toy gun.

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