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13-year-old fatally shot by police after pulling out BB gun

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A police officer shot and killed a 13-year-old robbery suspect after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband in Columbus, Ohio, police said.

The boy, Tyree King, died at a hospital after an officer shot him several times Wednesday evening outside a house in east-central Columbus, police said.

The shooting happened after an alleged robbery victim told police that a group had pulled a gun on him and demanded money.

Officers eventually saw three people matching the alleged robbers' descriptions, and two of them ran. When officers caught up to them and tried to arrest them in an alley, King pulled what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband, and an officer shot him, police said.

The weapon turned out to be a BB gun with a laser sight attachment designed to help a shooter's aim, according to police. Further details about the gun weren't immediately available.

"It's senseless that something like this has to happen. We're talking about a 13-year-old that made a decision," Columbus police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said, according to CNN affiliate WSYX-TV. "The investigation is still ongoing, and we still have people that we want to find."

A person who was with King was interviewed and released pending further investigation. Others are being sought, police said.

The Columbus Police Department said it will investigate the shooting. The officer's name wasn't immediately released.