Tragedy has struck Columbus, Ohio.
Police have confirmed that officers opened fire and killed a 13-year old boy named Tyree King after he pulled out a BB gun during an alleged robbery.
The officers at the scene believed it was a real gun.
According to the official report, two teenagers fled the scene after cops responded to a report of an armed robbery Wednesday on the city’s east side.
A statement from the police says that a victim told the officers a group approached him with a gun and demanded money.
“Officers followed the males … and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband,” police said. “
One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.”
Later identified as Tyree King, the 13-year old died at Children’s Hospital from his gunshot wounds.
Following the fatal incident, investigators recovered “what appeared to be a handgun,” police said.
However, “upon further inspection, it was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight.”
One other individual was questioned about the shooting and then released; no other injuries have been reported.
The officers involved will “receive mandated psychological support counseling,” as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, according to the Columbus Division of Police.
They will also be given the option of taking “leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience.”
Police did not immediately say whether the officers involved were wearing body cameras
An investigation is ongoing and we’ll provide an update if more news breaks.
This shooting comes approximately two years after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was also fatally shot by police in Cleveland, Ohio after they mistook his toy gun for a firearm.
His death sparked numerous protests over policing and racial bias.
Last December, a grand jury chose not to indict the two officers involved in the shooting.
In April, meanwhile, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by the Rice family.