Columbus Police Chief: It's too soon to draw Tamir Rice parallel

Columbus police chief says don't compare shooting to Tamir Rice yet

COLUMBUS - Police in Ohio are investigating another case in which a white policeman fatally shot a black boy who had a pellet gun, but Columbus' police chief says it's too soon to draw comparisons to the Cleveland death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Chief Kim Jacobs said in a news conference Thursday that investigators don't yet have enough facts about the Wednesday night death of 13-year-old Tyree King to know how it relates to other cases.

Police say his weapon looked real and that Tyree was shot in a confrontation in a Columbus alley after running from officers investigating a reported armed robbery.

There was no chase in Tamir's case. A caller reported someone pointing a gun at people near a recreation center. A rookie officer shot Tamir almost immediately after his police cruiser stopped nearby.


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