Man allegedly involved in robbery that led to death of Ohio boy with BB gun arrested

Demetrius Braxton (WCMH)
Demetrius Braxton (WCMH)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus Police say they have arrested a 19-year-old who was involved in a robbery that occurred right before an officer shot and killed 13-year-old Tyre King.

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Officers arrested Demetrius Emanuel Lee Braxton on one count of robbery, a felony of the second degree.

Tyre King, 13, was shot and killed by a Columbus, Ohio cop on September 14, 2016 after, police say, he pulled a BB gun from his waistband that closely resembled a real weapon/WBNS-TV
Tyre King, 13, was shot and killed by a Columbus, Ohio cop on Sept. 14, 2016 after, police say, he pulled a BB gun from his waistband that closely resembled a real weapon/WBNS-TV

Police say investigators are still looking for other individuals who might have been with Braxton during the time of the robbery. Investigators believe those individuals may have information that will help piece together the events prior to when King was shot.

Police said in a statement that King “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another person into custody Wednesday night after a reported robbery near the corner of South 18th Street and East Capital Street. Officer Bryan Mason reportedly shot King several times, and King died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday.

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The gun was reportedly a BB gun with an attached laser sight.

The full release on Braxton’s death is below:

The robbery and police involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in the area of 27 Hoffman Street, is still under investigation by the Critical Incident Response Team.

Investigators continue to work tips regarding the initial robbery and have charged an individual in the robbery leading up to the police shooting.  Demetrius Emanuel Lee Braxton, M/B/19, is charged with one count of Robbery, a felony of the second degree.  Braxton was arrested today near Lane Avenue and State Route 315 at approximately 3:30 pm.

Investigators are still looking for other individuals who might have been with Braxton during the time of the robbery.  Investigators believe those individuals may have information that will help piece together the events prior to the shooting of Tyre King.  Anybody with information is encouraged to contact homicide investigators at 614-645-4624.

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