Sheriff: Probe of Cleveland police shooting of boy nears end

AP News
Posted: May 12, 2015 11:41 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A sheriff says detectives have completed most of their investigation into a Cleveland officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun in November.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) 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, a black boy, 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.