CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police officials will hold a Monday press conference to provide updates on their investigation into the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty will provide updates on the department’s use of deadly force investigation at 11 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.
A man called police to report a person on a swing set next to Cudell Recreation Center pulling a gun from his pants and pointing it at people. Twice the man said the gun was “probably fake” and once said the person could be a juvenile.
Dispatch forwarded the call to officers as “a male threatening with a gun” outside the rec center, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Jeff Folder said. The officers – a first-year rookie and a 10-year veteran – responded and saw the gun on a picnic table, according to Follmer.
Follmer said the officer saw Tamir grab the gun, put it in his waistband and take a few steps. Officers drew their guns and told the boy to raise his hands. Follmer said the boy lifted his shirt, reached into his waistband and pulled the gun. The first-year officer fired two shots, at least one of which struck the boy in the stomach.
Tamir died early the next morning at MetroHealth Medical Center.
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