Man pleads guilty to robbery that led to Tyre King’s death

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Demetrius Emanuel Lee Braxton pleaded guilty today to robbery charges in connection to the incident where 13-year-old Tyre King was shot and killed by Columbus police.

Braxton, 19, pleaded to the third degree felony charges, Tuesday in a Franklin County court. He agreed to a three year prison term, but could get out sooner with good behavior.

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Police say investigators are still looking for other individuals who might have been with Braxton during the time of the robbery. Investigators believe those individuals may have information that will help piece together the events prior to when King was shot.

Tyre King
Tyre King

Braxton was with King the night the teenager was shot by a Columbus police officer in September.

Police said in a statement that King “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another person into custody Wednesday night after a reported robbery near the corner of South 18th Street and East Capital Street. Officer Bryan Mason reportedly shot King several times. King died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 8:22pm Wednesday, September 14.

RELATED: Full autopsy report released on Tyre King’s death

The gun was reportedly a BB gun with an attached laser sight. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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