A white police officer shot and killed a 13-year-old African-American boy, who was holding a BB gun, on the evening of Sept. 14 in Columbus, Ohio (video below).
The Associated Press reports that the police were responding to call about a mugging that resulted in the loss of $10. The victim calmly said in his 911 call that he did not want a big deal made, but added that one of the suspects appeared to have a Ruger semi-automatic pistol.
Police came upon the black teen, Tyre King, who was with some friends.
According to police, two of the males, King and a 19-year-old, ran from the cops, who pursued them on foot through a yard and into an alley.
In the alley, King allegedly pulled the BB gun that had a laser sight on it, and an officer, identified as Bryan Mason, shot King repeatedly. The teen later died in a local hospital.
The incident was called in by several people, notes WCMH.
One unidentified witness told a 911 operator: "He's shooting him! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! They shoot him!"
During a news conference on Sept. 15, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs showed a photo of a BB gun that allegedly looked like the one King carried, reports the AP, and said: "Our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon. As you can see, it looks like a firearm that could kill you."
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther appeared to blame the teen's death on the BB gun: "And a 13-year-old is dead in the city of Columbus because of our obsession with guns and violence."
Authorities are rejecting comparisons of King to 12-year-old African-American Tamir Rice, who also had a toy gun when he was killed by a white cop in Cleveland in 2014.
Columbus Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said: "The only thing similar in nature is the age, race and outcome. The facts are not similar, and that must be reiterated."
Mason has been placed on leave while police investigate the fatal shooting, but a lawyer for King's family, Sean Walton, has asked for an independent investigation.
The 19-year-old male who was with King was questioned by police and released.