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Hear the 911 call about Tamir Rice: Gun is ‘probably fake,’ caller says

Tamir Rice’s toy gun
Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was fatally shot by Cleveland police, was playing with this toy gun, a Colt 1911 replica.
(Mark Duncan / Associated Press)

The Cleveland police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Saturday were responding to a 911 call reporting a person with a “probably fake” gun.

“There is a guy with a pistol,” the caller had said. “It’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everybody.”

The officers drove up to Tamir, who was alone at a gazebo outside a recreation center. They got out of their car and, seconds later, fired shots. Tamir died. His gun turned out to be a toy.

Here is the audio recording of the 911 call, released by the Cleveland Police Department.

Full story: Video released of police fatally shooting Tamir Rice

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