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Ohio officer who shot boy had killed a man in 2012

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    Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs held up a photo showing the type of BB gun that police say a 13-year-old boy pulled from his waistband just before he was shot and killed by police investigating an armed robbery report, today, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio » The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Ohio (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The Ohio policeman who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy who had a pellet gun also shot and killed a man in 2012.

Officer Bryan Mason is a nine-year veteran of the Columbus police. He shot 13-year-old Tyree King in a Wednesday night confrontation after Tyree ran from officers investigating a reported armed robbery.

The head of the local police union that represents Mason didn’t immediately respond to a message today.

In the December 2012 case, Mason shot a man who was holding another man at gunpoint. Officers said the armed man refused orders to drop his weapon and was shot.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that investigators concluded Mason acted within policy in that case.

Police said today that they couldn’t immediately provide other information from Mason’s personnel record.

1:40 p.m.

An attorney for the family of a 13-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by police is calling for a fair and independent investigation into his death.

Sean Walton today declined to discuss any previous interaction Tyree King had with police, but he emphasized that Tyree didn’t have any violent criminal history.

Tyree was shot Wednesday night after running from officers investigating a reported armed robbery. Police say Tyree pulled a BB gun that looked real out of his waistband.

Walton says the family believes Tyree being involved in an armed robbery would be “so out of character” for him. Walton says the eighth-grader played football and was in the young scholars program at school.

Walton says Tyree had a slight build and was perhaps even on the small side for his age.

12:35 p.m.

Police in Ohio 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.

Chief Kim Jacobs said today that investigators don’t yet have enough facts about the Wednesday night death of 13-year-old Tyree King to know how it relates to other cases.

Police say his weapon looked real. Police say Tyree was shot in a confrontation in a Columbus alley after running from officers investigating a reported armed robbery.

There was no chase in Tamir’s case. A caller reported someone pointing a gun at people near a recreation center. A rookie officer shot Tamir almost immediately after his police cruiser stopped nearby.

11:45 a.m.

Police say a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by an Ohio officer after a chase had a pellet gun that looks like a real police firearm.

He was shot in a Columbus alley around nightfall Wednesday. Police responded to the area on a report of an armed robbery and spotted three males that matched descriptions of the alleged robbers. Police say two of them fled and were chased into the alley, where the boy pulled the weapon from his waistband and was repeatedly shot by one officer.

The boy, Tyree King, died at a hospital. No one else was hurt.

Tyree was black. The officer is white and a nine-year veteran of the force.

Police Chief Kim Jacobs says after the shooting is investigated, a grand jury will consider whether charges are merited.

2:35 a.m.

Police in Ohio responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they say pulled a gun from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun.

It happened Wednesday night in Columbus.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them that a group of males had approached him and demanded money. One of them reportedly had a gun.

Police say the officers saw three males matching the descriptions of the suspects and tried to speak with them, when two of them ran off. The officers followed them to an alley when police say a suspect pulled a gun from his waistband, and an officer shot him.

The suspect, later identified as Tyree King, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

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  • Blue lives matter also. I would hate to be a street cop and have to make those split second life or death decisions knowing that people who are in a safe position will investigate and criticize. Then the looting–to “show support” for the 13 yr old.

    • Yes BlueLivesMatter, good thing we got Chief Kealoha preventing these high profile shootings. His Training academy and employee screenings makes a difference. Would be scary if these guys wanted a job in a culturally diversified city like Honolulu. SupportYourLocalPolice.

  • and Al Sharpton and BLM will get out there and say its all the cops fault. The mom will say he was a good boy, good grades, was going to go to college blah blah blah. Here we go again.

  • So this kid got a hold of a BB gun(though it’s not a real gun) with a laser pointer so it would be a sure shot if he did aim it…where are the parents, what kind of role models are they to this kid. Watch the politicians coming out to get the cop investigated for racism….watch those race cards going up.

    • Right. Can’t imagine the officer’s feelings after shooting then find out gun was not real. Where were the parents, what did they teach him. Placed on leave, full investigation, probably critized for actions, family of officer probably also critized, all caused by a 13 year old making a bad choice if reports are right.

  • What I don’t understand is why these don’t shoot to main or stop the suspect? Does it really have to be multiple shots to kill? There was enough backup that if another suspect started to pull a gun, another police officer could cover.

      • Combat and an alley are worlds apart brah. Cops NEVER train under live fire as the military does !! That’s why they shoot 1st and ask questions later. They panic at the FIRST sight of a gun or knife and shoot to kill. Soldiers are TRAINED to identify BEFORE they shoot – BIG DIFFERENCE !!! But, in this case, a kid pulling a BB gun on cops that have real guns isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer…….

        • Military men in combat situations are FORCED by rules of engagement NOT to shoot first until absolutely certain who they are confronting. Absolutely ridiculous in many situations. Also explains why so many Americans lost in combat because they correctly are honoring their ROE, but doing so at their own peril. If soldiers were allowed to properly engage with enemy forces at their ‘on scene’ evaluation in real time, there would be less US casualties and I am certain, the enemy would react differently knowing they had more at risk. Today, they know they can push our troops on the ground pretty far before our forces can “react”. Its no way to fight a war …if you really want to win. Finally, if you pull up in a car, get out and are confronted by a person pulling a gun on you, I’d shoot first, too. always. Im a cop. Wearing a cops uniform. Driving a cop car. Tell you to freeze and put your hands up. You don’t obey and attempt to pull a gun on me, I’m shooting you FIRST. Get real. You are too stupid to stay alive in that situation.

    • No credible police department teaches shoot to wound. The fact that a gun is deadly force and officer pulled it out, he intended on using it when confronted with deadly force. His state of mind when confronted with this scenario indicated that he shot to stop suspect who was threat to him or this beat partners, if reports are right. FBI firearms policy serves as the model policy for police departments and this is done if them. Short to stop, center body mass.

    • the officers do shoot to stop when threatened by a firearm. that’s exactly what happened here. the suspect pulled out a firearm and he was stopped from using it. many times it takes multiple shots to stop the threat.

      what i don’t understand is why a suspect would pull out a weapon and aim it at the police in an attempt to flee a robbery scene. does it really have to be multiple shots to convince the suspect to stop and drop the weapon?

      suspect should stop and drop when they see the cops. don’t be popping to start the shopping.

      • If a person is on a narcotic that makes him or her superman they can get shot several times and still be coming after you. If you’re a cop you keep on firing.

    • Agree with all the comments above. Also, I don’t think you realize how difficult it is to actually hit someone with a handgun. It’s not like the movies where the hero can shoot tires out on a moving car.

    • You shoot to stop the target from harming you or others. If you make the decision to shoot, you make sure that the target is no longer able to harm you or others. Human reaction to a gunshot isn’t what you see on TV. It is rare for a single shot to immediately drop a target–it’s more likely that the target can continue taking action for quite a while. That’s where the additional shots often come from. Also, aiming for anything other than center of mass just isn’t a good idea in any critical scenario.

  • Punk pulls out a BB gun in an alley at nite and got shot……GOOD!! I got no sympathy for this punk. How should the cop know if it was real or not….what the hell was the kid doing running away…..punk was guilty……he tried to act big-time and got shot and killed big-time. Now I assume he is Black….so was the other teen….what the hell were they doing prior to running away….they were guilty trying to rob another teen ….so the kid’s parents will cry and say he was a good kid…ah…give me a break…..cop did his job….nothing more and nothing less.

  • ALM! All Lives Matter including the policeman. He has to go through the channel of bureaucracies within to justified his actions. While those who thinks a certain segment of lives matter will create divisions and chaos between all lives. Peace and love goes out the window and we are left with hatred and discontentment because a few have no respect for others or abide within the rules of common courtesy!

  • I’m normally not a fan of police shooting whomever THEY deem as a threat, but this punk pulling a BB gun in a REAL gun fight is a top Darwin Award candidate !!!

  • I agree with South. Why don’t we start blaming the parents? Police were doing their job, the kid probably needed more adult supervision, blame the parents if anyone.

  • it was a setup for the 13 year old to be shot, the older males gave him that BB gun and told him when the police come aim it at them, which he did and was shot by the police and later died. sounds like the BLM had something to do with that young boy’s death.

    • Do you also believe in UFOs, astral projection, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis?

  • So why does the news media have to report that this cop killed a man in 2012??? Are they trying to start something and say that this shooting is not justified?? This is just news bias…this cop did his job and he did it the right way by shooting this punk who pulled a gun with a laser on the cops when cornered….Nothing more and nothing less.

    • For the same reason that they feel a need to point out that the perp was black and the officer was white. Considering the circumstances as reported, this has no bearing whatsoever on the shooting.

  • oh boy watch the self serving media /politically correct …help explain that a gun is a gun …the police can not hold back at the expense or their lives …read the article and see how pro 13 year boy is portrayed he was making hum bug …if we do not push back then no police

  • Biased reporting by the press.
    How about publishing some facts about events that the three crooks were involved in ?

    Blue Lives Matter, Much More Than Crook’s Lives.

    • yes, facts like how George Soros and his son gave 33 million dollars to BLM to start all this trouble, it was in the news, I think Interpol should go and arrest him and his son for trying to destroy countries. the kids parents will get money from George Soros and his son from BLM group who he gave money to, to pay the parents for the sacrifice there son did for them.

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