US – A 12-year-old boy shot by police after apparently grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds on Sunday.
Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said on Sunday that one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon – which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle – from his waistband but had not pointed it at police.
The boy did not make any verbal threats but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Tomba said. “That’s when the officer fired,” he said.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice. An attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends on Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting.
US police shoot dead 12-year-old Boy carrying fake gun