Investigation into the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice nears its end
CLEVELAND (AP) – A sheriff in Ohio says detectives have completed most of their investigation into a Cleveland police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun last November.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said Tuesday that investigators still have a few more witnesses to talk with about the shooting of Tamir Rice.
The sheriff’s office agreed in January to take over the investigation.
Rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir within seconds of a cruiser pulling up next to the boy. Loehmann and his partner were responding to a call about a man waving a gun outside a recreation center.
Tamir was carrying an Airsoft-type gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets. The shooting by the white officer raised questions about how police treat blacks and spurred protests around Cleveland.