A 12-year old boy has been shot to death by a Cleveland police officer for waving a fake gun.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon from his waistband.
The boy did not make any verbal threats toward the officer or point the gun, but he reached into his waistband and grabbed it after being told to raise his hands, Tomba said.
“That’s when the officer fired,” he said.
Police said the weapon was an “airsoft” type replica gun that resembled a semi-automatic pistol. The orange safety indicator had been removed, police said.
A man who called 911 told dispatchers before police arrived that the boy was on a swing set and pointing a pistol that was “probably fake” and scaring everyone.
The caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his pants. “I don’t know if it’s real or not,” the caller said.