Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Eighth-Grader – ‘I Was in Fear for My Life’

An eighth-grader was armed with a non-working BB gun outfitted with a laser sight when he was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer nearly one year ago, according to the police investigative file obtained Thursday.

Tyre King, 13, who was a student at Linden-McKinley STEM, pulled the BB gun after Officer Bryan Mason, 32, ordered him to get on the ground.

“I believe he was going to shoot me and I fired my gun at him,” Mason told investigators, according to the file obtained by The Dispatch.

Details explained across the more than 500 pages in the investigative file support the initial statements by police and witnesses that the gun appeared real.

King’s death is one of several high-profile shootings involving white officers and black males that has drawn national attention and local protests.

In May, a Franklin County grand jury declined to indict Mason. He continues to work at the division as an investigator. He has been a Columbus officer for nearly 11 years.

Mason was one of several officers responding to an armed robbery call just before 8 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2016.

According to the investigative more than 500 pages of records from the investigative file obtained Thursday, the following occurred:

King and three others robbed a man of $10 as he was walking to his car near 18th Street and East Broad Street from Yellow Brick Pizza in Olde Towne East.

The victim, Michael Ames, called 911 and gave a description. Ames told police he had no doubt the gun used in the robbery was real.

Officers saw suspects, including King and 19-year-old Demetrius Braxton, who matched the description and chased the group when they fled. King and Braxton ran behind a residence on Hoffman Avenue near East Capital Street.

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  • James Michael

    I do not believe a word the cops, or any government agents says, nor any of their investigators. They are habitually lying scumbags, no different than the mob and cover up for each other whenever humanly possible.

  • crazytrain2

    Unlike Tamir Rice, this kid used his BB gun to rob a person at gunpoint, then ran from police, then refused orders to get on the ground, all while trying to get this gun out of his waistband, which kept getting snagged. Eighth grade or not, this kid is at fault for his own death. Tragic that a young life was taken, but put in that officer’s place, it’s difficult to say that you wouldn’t protect yourself.