Ohio police: Officer shoots, kills 13-year-old who drew BB gun

Police in Ohio shot and killed a 13-year-old boy while responding to a report of an armed robbery Wednesday night.

Columbus police said the boy pulled a gun from his waistband that was later found to be a BB gun.

The police force said officers were called to a report of an armed robbery in east Columbus at about 7.45 p.m. and the male victim told them that a group of people approached him and demanded money and one of them had a gun.

Officers saw three males matching the descriptions of the suspects and tried to speak with them, but two of them fled on foot, the force said.

"Officers followed the males to the alley ... and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband," police said in a statement carried by the Associated Press early Thursday. "One officer shot and struck the suspect multiple times.

The boy was taken to the Nationwide Children's Hospital in a critical condition and was later pronounced dead, the force said.

He was identified as 13-year-old Tyree King, the AP reported. Police said the gun was later determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight.

The male with King was interviewed and released pending further investigation and police are seeking more suspects.

The police force said the incident is being investigated.

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