Police: 16-year-old boy dies after being shot by Columbus SWAT officer

Credit: WBNS-TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 16-year-old boy is dead after being shot by a Columbus police SWAT officer Friday night.

Police said the shooting happened just before 6:15 p.m. in the area of Mount Vernon Avenue and North Champion Avenue.

SWAT was on the scene as part of an undercover operation where police set up an item exchange on a website and agree to meet to buy or sell the item.

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Police said they were conducting the operation in response to reports of robberies of people who used a certain website to buy and sell items.

Police said the teenager, Julius Ervin Tate Jr., pointed a gun at the officer and robbed him.

Another officer then shot Tate, according to police.

Tate was taken to Grant Medical Center where they were pronounced him dead around 6:30 p.m.

Police said the situation was similar to a shooting on Wednesday when an officer shot an 18-year-old.

Investigators do not believe the incidents are related.

A gun was recovered at the scene, according to police.