PARMA, Ohio– The FOX 8 I-TEAM has obtained video showing police responding to two armed teens at a park in a case eerily similar to the Tamir Rice incident.
The latest case happened Sunday at Ridgewood Lake Park in Parma near the Parmatown Mall. A man nearby called 911 to report two youngsters, possibly teens, with a gun that may be fake.
That scenario was very similar to the one that made national headlines in Cleveland. Police ended up shooting and killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he had an airsoft pistol. Cleveland Police said he reached for the gun in his waistband, and officers on the call had never been told by a dispatcher that Rice had a gun that was not an actual high-powered handgun.
In the Parma case, video from a homeowner shows police rolling up and two boys immediately raising their hands. Parma Police say the kids were 12 and 15, and they both had BB guns that looked much more powerful. Police say the boys followed officer commands, and neither made any sudden moves.
Witness Jayson Gnall said, “My first reaction was Tamir Rice, and we called 911.” He added, “I commend Parma for a quick response, and I commend everybody for going home safe. Parents need to start talking to their kids, too, about the safety of guns. And if you’re using a toy gun, have the orange tip on.”
No one answered when the I-TEAM stopped by the home of the kids caught in the Parma case.
Police are seeking juvenile charges for inducing panic, carrying concealed weapons, and criminal tools. Plus, police say the 15-year-old had marijuana, too.