How sad. A little boy with a fake gun was fatally shot by Cleveland Police after an anonymous caller reported the child to 911 for scaring people on a playground.
Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by Cleveland Police Officers in what can only be described as a tragic accident. The police were responding to a 911 call about the child and his fake gun when they asked him to raise his hands and, instead, he reached for the replica gun in his waistband.
Cleveland Police Fatally Shoot Little Boy, 12 With Fake Gun
This is just awful.
A 12-year-old boy is now dead because he brought a fake gun to a playground in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 22, reports USA Today.
The officer who shot the boy, identified as Tamir Rice, was responding to a 911 call made by a concerned adult who told the operator the gun was “probably” fake but that he kept “pointing it at everyone.”
Tamir was shot twice in the abdomen, and he later died from his injuries at MetroHealth Medical Center.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba revealed that the officer shot the boy after he pulled the replica gun from his waistband but did not point it at the police. Unfortunately, the gun did not have the orange safety indicator on the nozzle — which caused the officer to fire.
Our thoughts go out to Tamir’s family during this difficult time.
Tamir’s Gun Revealed To Be A BB Gun
The gun, which the anonymous caller told the operator not once, but twice was “probably fake,” was later revealed to be a replica.
It has been described as an “airsoft”-type replica BB gun, which looks similar to a semi-automatic pistol. There is no word on whether or not the gun was capable of firing, or if it was loaded.
However, the President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, Jeff Follmer, claims that neither one of the police officers were told that the gun might be a fake.
Such a sad, tragic accident that appears to be caused by a miscommunication.
— Lauren Cox