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

A teenager is dead after being shot by Columbus Police SWAT in East Columbus on Friday night. (WSYX/WTTE)

A teenager is dead after being shot by Columbus Police SWAT in East Columbus on Friday night.

Columbus Police said they received an officer in trouble call at 6:13 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Police said a robbery suspect, later identified as 16-year-old Julius Ervin Tate Jr., had been shot while robbing a SWAT officer at gun point.

SWAT officers were in the area of N. Champion Avenue and Mt. Vernon Avenue, and were dispatched to the scene.

"It is almost is similar to Wednesday night," said Sgt. Chantay Boxill, referring to an earlier police involved shooting in South Columbus this week where an 18-year-old was shot, "We had a decoy officer out here...It was a social media set up. We received a report of many robberies that have taken place. The officers are out here, the suspect approached the officer, produced a weapon, robbed the officer. At that time, the cover officer fired at the suspect."

Police say a SWAT officer posing as a potential buyer/seller met Tate Jr. to finalize the exchange of the item for cash. Other SWAT officers were providing cover for the decoy officer, according to CPD.

"The suspect pointed a gun at the decoy officer and robbed him. At that time, one of the cover officers fired at the suspect striking him," the Columbus Police said on their Facebook page.

Tate was then taken to Grant Medical Center, and was pronounced dead at 6:32 pm. A gun was recovered at the scene.

"I did speak with an officer who works out here and in the past couple of weeks there have been three or four of these types," said Sgt. Boxill regarding the robberies.

Police said none of the officers involved are injured, but they are on administrative leave as this is investigated.

ABC6/FOX28 will continue to update this developing story.

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