911 call: Child pulling gun in, out of pants

CLEVELAND - A 911 call to emergency dispatchers has been obtained by newsnet5.com and the caller states a child is "pulling a gun in and out of his pants and pointing it at people."

The caller goes on to say, "It's probably fake."

The man described the child as black, wearing a camouflage hat and a grey jacket with black sleeves. 

[You can hear the 911 tape in the video player above. WARNING: The recording contains some offensive language.]

"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?"

On Sunday, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said when two officers arrived at the scene, the boy did not point the weapon at them or otherwise threaten them. 

In the first press release issued, police said when they arrived, they located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands. 

The suspect did not follow officer’s orders and then reached to his waist for the gun, according to police.  

Officers then shot the 12-year-old boy in the torso.

According to Tomba, officers fired two shots, but it is not clear if the boy was struck twice.

Police say the suspect was in possession of an “airsoft” type replica gun which resembles a semi-automatic pistol. 

The fake gun had the orange safety indicator removed, according to police.

The 12-year-old was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he later died.

One officer was transported to Fairview Hospital for treatment for an ankle injury.

Two officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, which is protocol in officer-involved shooting incidents.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Officer has identified the child as Tamir Rice, 12, of Cleveland. 

Cleveland Police Patrolman Association president Jeff Follmer said the boy died at the hospital early Sunday morning.

The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting that happened on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Recreation Center located at 1910 West Blvd.

Cleveland Police confirmed surveillance video in the area captured the incident, but when newsnet5.com asked when it would be released, Cleveland Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Ali Pillow said there is, "No specific time when video might be released."

Officers responded to the center for reports of a male with a gun. Police said witnesses reported that a male in the playground area was waving a gun and pointing it at people.



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