COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police have identified the officer involved in a shooting that left a 16-year-old boy dead Friday night.
The shooting occurred in the 1300 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue.
According to Columbus police, SWAT officers set up a meeting with 16-year-old Julius Ervin Tate Jr. on social media after receiving complaints of robberies in the area.
Soon after the meeting began, an officer was robbed at gunpoint and a cover officer opened fire.
Police identified that officer as Officer Eric Richards, a 28-year veteran assigned to SWAT.
“We received reports of many robberies that have taken place. The officers are out here, the suspect approached he officer, producer a weapon, robbed the officer. At that time the cover officer fired at the suspect,” said Columbus police spokesperson Sgt. Chantay Boxill.