America arises to another morning and another news report of an officer-involved shooting of an young person of color. Yesterday, Wednesday, September 14, around 7:45 p.m., 13-year-old Tyre King was shot-and-killed by police officer Brian Mason, a 9 year veteran of the force. The incident happened in the area of S. 18th Street and E. Capital Street in Columbus, Ohio. Details are still pending, as this is an active investigation, but according to police reports — officers were responding to a call-in of an armed robbery involving multiple suspects.
According to The Associated Press, when the officers arrived on the scene, the unidentified victim said a group of young men had tried to mug him. The victim also indicated that at least one of the attempted robbers had a gun. Police then notice three black males who matched the suspects’ descriptions near a home on Hoffman Street. The officers attempted to speak with them, yet two of the three males ran. Police then tried to follow the suspects to take them into custody when police say 13-year-old Tyree King pulled what they believed to be a gun from his waistband.
The gun was later determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser.
Officer Mason then shot King, 13, multiple times. He was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m. Police told the local CBS affiliate, WBNS-TV, that the officers followed the suspects into an alley and tried to take them into custody. Another male suspect was taken into custody for questioning and was later released, according to the New York Daily News. He was not injured during the shooting.
No officers involved were wounded in the encounter either. Authorities are still searching for suspects attached to the robbery, so we will keep you up-to-date as the incident remains under investigation.