Boy with pellet gun warned by friend before police shooting

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Tamir Rice/Photo from WJW

CLEVELAND (June 13, 2015) — A boy who loaned a pellet gun to Tamir Rice on the day the 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer told investigators that he warned him to be careful because the gun looked real.

Investigative documents released Saturday by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor say Tamir Rice’s friend had traded the airsoft-type gun for one of Tamir’s cellphones the morning of Nov. 22 and planned to get the gun back later in the day.

Tamir was fatally shot outside a Cleveland recreation center by rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann after the officer and his partner responded to a 911 call about a young man waving and pointing a gun.

The prosecutor plans to ask a grand jury to determine if criminal charges are warranted.