A cop shoots a boy with a fake gun at a rec center Saturday in Cleveland when he wasn’t sure if the gun was real. The 12-year-old paid with his life when he refused to put up his hands after officers ordered him to do so. Waving the replica gun put officers in fear of their own lives and one of them shot the child. The boy died at the hospital on Sunday.
FOX News reports November 23 that the officer fired at the boy after receiving a 911 call that someone was brandishing a firearm outside the park’s rec center. Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the cop shot twice after the 12-year-old pulled the fake gun from the waistband of his pants. It lacked an orange safety indicator that’s typically on the muzzle.
The boy reportedly didn’t make an verbal threats at the officer or point the gun. When he chooses to reach in his waistband and pull out the gun instead of raising his hands, the cop shoots the boy holding the fake gun at the rec center.
When the 911 call was dialed in, dispatchers say a man told them a boy was pointing a pistol that was “probably fake,” but it was alarming everyone. The man said that the child was pulling the gun in and out of his pants repeatedly. “I don’t know if it’s real or not,” he told the 911 dispatcher.
Authorities confirm that the gun was an “airsoft-type” replica; it resembled a semi-automatic pistol. Police also confirm that the orange safety indicator was no longer on the gun.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President, Jeff Follmer, the cop called to the scene noticed a pistol sitting on a rec table and witnessed the boy take it and put it in his waistband. It wasn’t immediately clear to him if the gun was a fake or not.
The boy went to play with friends at the park Saturday afternoon, according to Attorney Timothy Kucharski. He says: “I don’t want to make a rush to judgment.” The lawyer wants to speak with witnesses to get more accounts of what took place, asserting, “We’re ultimately going to find out what happened.”
One of the officers involved in the shooting was rushed to the hospital for an ankle injury. Both officers in the shooting are on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted. This is protocol whenever and officer is involved in a shooting, the reports says.
FOX News 8 released the identity of the boy as Tamir E. Rice.When word got out that a cop shot a boy with a fake gun at the rec center in Cleveland, news went viral instantly. It’s always a shock when people learn a young child was fired at by police.