Cleveland Police Officer Fatally Shoots 12-Year-Old Boy Carrying a Toy Firearm

The child carried a BB gun that was missing an orange marker to distinguish replicas from real ones, according to officials.
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Nov 23, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

As the nation awaits the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case, news comes that Cleveland police shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a BB gun at a playground on Saturday afternoon. The child, who has not been publicly named, died on Sunday morning, reported Cleveland.com.

Officers responded to a call about a male waving a gun at the playground of the Cudell Recreation Center.

“There is a guy with a pistol, it’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everyone,” said the caller in a released recording of the 911 call. Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said that the caller’s uncertainty was never communicated to the two responding officers, one of whom has been on the force for at least a decade and the other in his first year.

According to a statement by the Cleveland Police, the officers’ open fire occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

“Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands,” reads the statement. “The suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso.”

The officers reportedly fired twice, and the boy was rushed into surgery at the MetroHealth Medical Center.

According to police, the gun turned out to be a BB gun with the orange marker designed to distinguish it from a real firearm scratched off.

The 12-year-old died this morning, and the two officers have been placed on administrative leave. Authorities are currently investigating the incident.