Police shoot dead 12-year-old boy in the US

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has been shot dead by police in the United States, after waving around a toy gun at a playground.

Officers were called to a playground in Cleveland, Ohio after reports a boy was pointing a gun at people.

After failing to put his hands up and drop the gun, police fired two shots at the boy.


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The child, who can not be named, was hit twice in the stomach.

He was rushed to hospital, but died shortly later.

Audio released of the emergency call to 911 details the caller saying the gun was “probably fake”.

A police statement has revealed the gun was an “airsoft” type replica resembling a semi-automatic pistol.

READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/23/cleveland-police-shoot-dead-12-year-old-boy-carrying-fake-gun