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The Day Tamir Rice Was Fatally Shot by Police, Friend Who Loaned Him Pellet Gun Issued a Crucial Warning

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A boy who loaned a pellet gun to Tamir Rice on the day the 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer told investigators that he warned him to be careful because the gun looked real.

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Investigative documents released Saturday by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor say Tamir Rice's friend had traded the airsoft-type gun for one of Tamir's cellphones the morning of Nov. 22 and planned to get the gun back later in the day.

Tamir was fatally shot outside a Cleveland recreation center by rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann after the officer and his partner responded to a 911 call about a young man waving and pointing a gun.

The prosecutor plans to ask a grand jury to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

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