COLUMBUS (WCMH) –An autopsy report released Wednesday says 13 year old Tyre King was shot three times by a Columbus police officer in September. The report from Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz, says King died from gunshot wounds to his head and torso.
Oritz’s report said King was shot a total of three times, once in the left temple, once in the left chest, and once in the upper left abdomen. No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found.
The Columbus Division of Police said that officers, responding to a reported armed robbery, got into a foot chase with King. Police say King pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody. It was later determined the gun was a BB gun.
The autopsy describes the trajectory of each bullet was from left to right. It draws no conclusions about how the shooting took place.
All Columbus police-involved shootings are investigated by an internal Critical Incident Response Team(CIRT) and then delivered to the county prosecutor for presentation to a grand jury.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the autopsy is one piece of the investigation. He said he expects the full Tyre King investigation will be delivered to his office in a couple of weeks.
The shooting occurred around 7:45pm, September 14, near the corner of South 18th St. and East Capital St.
Columbus police responded to the area after a robbery victim claimed a group of individuals had robbed him at gunpoint. Officers then spotted three males matching the description in front of 33 Hoffman Street and tried to talk to them.
Two of the males then ran away, and officers followed them to an alley behind 27 Hoffman Street where the shooting occurred.
King was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:22pm. No one else was injured.
Crime Scene Search Unit detectives determined the teen was holding a BB gun with an attached laser sight.