Police Kill 12-Year-Old Boy Holding Toy Gun In Cleveland

A 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun, who was shot by Cleveland police at the recreation center has died a day after he was shot.

Tamir Rice, whom police say reached for a weapon that turned out to be toy gun during an encounter with officers was shot in the torso and went into surgery Saturday.

According to Police, the officers were responding to a report of a person waving a gun around at a playground at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tamir was shot after he allegedly refused to put his hands up and reached in his waistband for what appeared to be a handgun.

The handgun turned out to be an “airsoft” replica toy gun, which shoots pellets in a similar way that a BB gun does.

Victim’s family attorney, Timothy Kucharski, said he would conduct a parallel investigation, adding that he did not know the details of what led to Rice’s death.

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