CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police officers who responded to a call about a male with a gun that led to a 12-year-old being fatally shot were not told that the 911 caller said it might be fake.
In dispatch audio recorded between 3:24 p.m. and 3:34 p.m., the dispatcher never told officers that the gun may be fake or that the suspect was a juvenile.
“I’ve got a code 1, if anybody can break at Cudell. In the park by the youth center, there’s supposed to be a male sitting on the swings, pointing a gun at people," said a dispatcher in recordings obtained by newsnet5.com.
In a 911 call released Sunday, a man called to report that a male was pointing the gun at people and added that was "probably fake." The caller states a child is "pulling a gun in and out of his pants and pointing it at people."
The man described the child as black, wearing a camouflage hat and a grey jacket with black sleeves.
"There's a guy in there with a pistol, you know, it's probably fake, but he's like pointing it at everybody," the caller can be heard saying. "He's sitting on a swing right now, but he's pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people," the caller explained. "He's probably a juvenile, you know?"
It appears that information was not passed on to police responding to the scene.
NOTE: We've edited the recording in the video above to exclude unrelated audio. To protect the Rice family, we also excluded a female voice screaming that police shot her brother.