Cleveland police officer shoots and kills 12-year-old holding BB gun

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A playground in Cleveland turns into a crime scene after a police officer shoots and kills a 12-year-old boy Saturday afternoon.

It started with a 911 call; and when police are called to the playground, playtime is over.

The 911 caller claims they saw Tamir Rice outside the Cudell Recreational Center waving a gun and pointing it at people.

"He's sitting on the swing right now, but he keeps pulling it in and out of his pants, and point it at people.  Probably a juvenile, you know," the caller told dispatchers.

The caller was unsure if the gun was real or not, and apparently, so were Cleveland police.  The orange safety indicator was removed from the 'Airsoft' BB gun, causing it to resemble an automatic pistol.

Police say the boy did not threaten them, but he disobeyed their orders to raise his hands before reaching for the BB gun.

Deputy Chief of Cleveland Police Department, Ed Tomba says, "The young man had the weapon in his waist band. He pulled the weapon out.  Officers fired two shots striking the young man."

Tamir died Sunday at Metrohealth Medical Center from gunshot wounds to the abdomen.  The FBI is now involved and both officers will be placed on administrative leave.

Whether real or not, cases like this show that guns can be deadly, even when you're not the shooter.

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