12-Year-Old Tamir Rice was playing with a toy BB gun a few days ago when someone called 911. Officer Timothy Loehman was new to the police force, and was one of the two policemen who came to check on the call.
New preports released by the police and a CCTV video show that the officer shot the boy within seconds of arriving at the scene. The officer believed Tamir Rice had a gun, police say, and he thought the boy was 20 years old.
The grainy surveillance video released by authorities shows that Rice was shot less than two seconds after officers arrived on the scene. Edward Tomba, deputy chief of the Cleveland Police Department, said Wednesday that the officers called three times for Rice to drop his weapon, Time reports.
The officer who shot Tamir Rice was 26-year-old Timothy Loehman, who joined Cleveland’s force from a smaller department in March, Tomba said Wednesday. The other officer on the scene was 46-year-old Frank Garmback, a six-year veteran. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.