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Columbus police shot and killed a 13-year-old robbery suspect for pulling a BB gun



Police shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday night after responding to reports of an armed robbery a couple of blocks away. 

Police say Tyree King, an 8th grader at Linden McKinley Stem Academy, was a suspect in the robbery near the shooting scene.

Police say King pulled out a gun when police tried to arrest him, and that's when an officer fired multiple times.

It turned out that the gun King pulled on officers was a BB gun. 

Almost looks like the real thing

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs showed a replica of the gun found at the scene, saying "it looks like a firearm that could kill you."

Jacobs also said the gun had a laser light attached to it right under the barrel, and looked almost identical to the guns Columbus Police officers carry, which have a small flashlight under the barrel.

The initial call

Jacobs says the officers were initially called out to a report of an armed robbery in the area of S. 18th and Capital Streets around 7:42 p.m.

The victim gave police descriptions of a group of individuals who he said approached him, showed a gun, and demanded money.

Officers said the robbery victim has knowledge of guns, and thought it was a real weapon when the suspects confronted him.

There's a lot of debate online on how to consider King's death. 

Some believe that too many in Twitter blame king for his own death. 

Others think the blame for King's death lies elsewhere. 

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WSYX/WTTE contributed to this report


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