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Tyre King death should not be compared to Tamir Rice in police shooting

Tyre King (Photo Credit: Family handou)

Tyre King (Photo Credit: Family handout)

The  tragic death of Tyre King has many across the country asking why another child is dead in a police shooting  According to witness statements and the police, King was with two other friends and was suspected in taking part in an armed robbery of a pedestrian. Others saw the boys’ actions and called 911. Even the victim reportedly stated he was not going to make a big deal over $10.

However, police responding to the scene spotted King and his friends a short distance away. The boys were confronted by the police and King and another juvenile began to run. Cops pursued the pair into an alley where King allegedly reached into his waistband and pulled out a gun with a scope on it. This caused Officer Bryan Masonto to open fire on the teen, shooting him multiple times. King was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he died from his injuries. King was an 8th grader at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy. He played on the football team and was considered a bright student.

Investigators later found the firearm King had pulled was in fact a BB gun with an attached laser scope. The BB gun was a Umarex 40XP Blowback BB Pistol, which sells for $50 and can be purchased at many big chain stores such as Wal-Mart.

Many people on social media are comparing the killing to that of Tamir Rice; however, the circumstances are widely different. Rice was playing with a toy gun in a park and was shot  by a rookie police officer without warning. King was running from police and pulled a BB gun that according to police looked similar to their own firearms.

Officer Mason, who is White, killed a suspect in a 2012 confrontation in which he was cleared of any wrongdoing. In December 2012, Mason shot a man who was holding another man at gunpoint. Officers said the armed man refused orders to drop his weapon and was shot. An attorney for Tyre’s family identified as Sean Walton has called for a fair and independent investigation into Tyre’s death.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther called for calm and seemed emotional when discussing the shooting. He is quoted as stating “There is something wrong in this country, and it is bringing its epidemic to our city streets; and a 13-year-old is dead in the city of Columbus because of our obsession with guns and violence.”

The other suspect with King was 19-year-old Demetrius Braxton. He was interviewed and released pending further investigation. Officer Mason has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, per department protocol. In addition, the officer will receive “mandated psychological support counseling” and be given the opportunity to “take leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience,” according to the Columbus Division of Police.


  1. Chuck on September 16, 2016 at 11:35 am

    So, what’s the problem here? Had I been the policeman, I would have defended myself also. How you live is how you’ll die. These thugs need Jesus!

    • Sol Rothstein on September 16, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thank you for your honest opinion. BLACK CHILDREN are savages, because their parents are CITY APE Savages too.

      • Robert Slackware on September 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm

        No, becasue hillery says they are super predators. Just trying to live up to expectations.

  2. hidaya on September 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Why was this 8th grader hanging with a 19yr old? Brothers? Thugs in crime? What?

    • Robert Slackware on September 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      to take the rap if caught. oh you can’t lock up little barry he is just a little boy…….

  3. Robert Slackware on September 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    No, a 13 year old is dead becasue of your obsession with BANNING guns. If you wouldn’t demonize them, the cop would not be afraid of them. When I was a kid, cop would be, WOW nice gun can I see it. Then have fun shooting. I gotta go find bad guys.

    • Wayne fowler on September 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      That’s ludicrous. Much more likely the easy availability of guns making them so prevalent has the police on edge and so they assume every kid is carrying and shoot to kill. The idea the gun control lobby talking about the danger of guns scaring the police is stupid. The real dangers of guns is what police fear.

      The other part is the militarisation of the police force.

      • Robert Slackware on October 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm

        You don’t understand, as kids we DID carry guns, and cops could care less. We even took them to school. I shot my teachers picture through the eyes in the schools range, teacher didn’t call the cops, he was impressed with my aim.
        So why are cops nervous now? The only thing that has changed is you liberal gun grabbers have been demonizing guns. When it is a LACK of a gun that gets you killed 99% of the time.

  4. Andre gillespie on November 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Cant blame the cop in that shooting.beebie guns look like real the policeman did what he had to do..these young kids shouldnt be carrying guns anyways.when i was their age i never thought about carrying a gun.period.

  5. Andre gillespie on November 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    And sol.ur a piece of shit.