Medical examiner releases findings on Tamir Rice’s death

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(CNN)– The fatal shooting of 12-year-old, Tamir Rice in Cleveland last month has been ruled a homicide by the Cuyhoga County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday.

Authorities say that Cleveland police officers who arrived on the scene mistook the child’s air gun for a real pistol, and shot the boy when he reached into his waistband for the toy.

Rice was reportedly aiming a pellet gun at passersby outside a recreation center when a witness called 911.

Authorities say that the caller said a black male, “probably a juvenile,” was pointing “a pistol” at people. The caller also mentioned twice that the gun was “probably” fake.

According to NewsFix, the homicide finding indicates that Rice was killed by the police officer, rather than dying accidentally or by natural causes or by suicide.

Reports from the medical examiner’s communications office state that the cause of death was a “gunshot wound of the torso with injuries of major vessel, intestines and pelvis.”

Medical examiners’ homicide findings make no comment on whether the killing constitutes a crime.

Both police officers involved in the incident are on paid leave as the investigation continues.

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