(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Police are investigating an officer's shooting of a 13-year-old boy who fled the scene of an alleged armed robbery Wednesday night, reports WSYX, a local ABC television affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
The victim -- identified as Tyree King -- allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband as officers pursued him and two other robbery suspects. The officer shot and struck King multiple times. The boy was rushed to a hospital and later pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m., police told WSYX.
The alleged robbery victim told officers a group of individuals approached him, one of them brandishing a gun, and demanded money, a police statement said.
*2nd UPDATE 10:55pm Officers chased several armed robbery suspects on foot to a nearby alley@E. Broad where 1 suspect was shot-later died.— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) September 15, 2016
Officers responded to the scene where the said they saw three males matching the victim's description of the suspects and approached them, prompting two of the males to flee on foot.
The officers followed the males to a nearby alley and attempted to take them into custody, when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband, the police statement said.
CPD: suspect in police-involved shooting dies at Nationwide Children's Hospital. pic.twitter.com/LoUSctBhiM— Rob Wells (@robwsyx6) September 15, 2016
"Crime Scene Search Unit detectives processed the shooting scene and collected what appeared to be a handgun," the statement continued. "Upon further inspection, it was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser site."
The officers and other suspects were not injured.
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