CLEVELAND – A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Cleveland Police officer was captured on surveillance video, according to the police. 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.
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.
“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. 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.