Cleveland Officer’s Fatal Shooting Of Tamir Rice Ruled A Homicide
The death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was shot last month by a police officer while holding a toy gun, has been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday.
The November 22 shooting outside a Cleveland recreation center is under investigation, and Tamir’s family has filed a lawsuit against two officers and the city over his death.
The cause of death was a “gunshot wound of the torso with injuries of major vessel, intestines and pelvis,” according to paperwork provided by Christopher Harris in the medical examiner’s communications office.
Rice was pointing a pellet gun at people outside the recreation center before he was shot, police say. A witness called 911 to say that a black male — “probably a juvenile” — was pointing “a pistol” at people, but added twice that the gun was “probably” fake.
Within two seconds of exiting the patrol car, Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir. The boy died the next day.
Loehmann, 26, and the car’s driver, Officer Frank Garmback, 46, are on paid leave as the investigation is conducted, according to WGHP.
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