Updated on September 15 at 11:34 a.m.
NEWS BRIEF Police in Columbus, Ohio, responding to a report of a robbery, shot and killed a 13-year-old suspect they say “pulled a gun from his waistband.” The weapon was later found to be a BB gun with an attached laser site.
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING: Armed robbery suspect fatally shot after pulling gun while police tried to make arrest. pic.twitter.com/03oiR38B8f— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) September 15, 2016
The 13-year-old was later identified as Tyree King. Chief Kim Jacobs identified the officer as Bryan Mason, a nine-year veteran of the force who had recently transferred to the area. Under the department’s policy, Jacobs said, Mason will receive mandated psychological support counseling and given time off.
At a news conference Thursday morning, Andrew Ginther, the Columbus mayor, said King’s death was “troubling,” calling it a “call to action for our entire community.” He called King’s possession of a “replica of a firearm” “very, very dangerous conduct.” Ginther said the investigation would take time and urged patience, and added: “It is a dangerous time to be a police officer in this country. It is our job to protect them as well as the people they protect.”