CLEVELAND (Nov. 24, 2014) — A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot over the weekend by a Cleveland police officer.
Tamir E. Rice was carrying an airsoft gun, police said. According to WJW, Rice was shot in the stomach after reaching into his waistband for the gun at the playground at Cuddell Recreation Center.
Witnesses reported the disturbance Saturday afternoon, saying there was a person waving a gun and pointing it at people. One 911 caller said the perpetrator was “probably a juvenile” and said the gun was “probably a fake.”
Officers arrived and ordered the 12-year-old to put up his hands. They said he didn’t comply and reached for his waistband. That’s when shots were fired.
Rice was taken to an area hospital and died Sunday.
Police say the weapon was “an airsoft type replica gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol.” The orange safety indicator had been removed, police said.
The shooting is under investigation.