A police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old he was trying to detain following reports of an armed robbery, according to officials in Columbus, Ohio.
Authorities identified as the boy as Tyree King. The Columbus Division of Police said in a statement that King “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody Wednesday night.
Following the shooting, police said investigators recovered a BB gun with an attached laser sight from the scene.
Police were called to a report of a group of people — including one armed with a gun — demanding money at 7:42 p.m. ET.
Officers arriving at the scene saw three people matching the suspects’ descriptions around a block away. However, when they attempted to speak with them, two of the males ran away, according to the police statement.
“Officers followed the males to the alley … and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband,” it added. “One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.” King was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m. ET.