But he did reach for the weapon, Tomba said.
“The officers ordered him to stop and to show his hands and he went into his waistband and pulled out the weapon,” he said.
The 12-year-old’s name has not been released by police. He died early Sunday at MetroHealth Medical Center following surgery, according to the hospital and the family’s attorney.
“There’s a guy in there with a pistol, you know, it’s probably fake, but he’s like pointing it at everybody,” the caller said.
“He’s sitting on a swing right now, but he’s pulling it in and out of his pants and pointing it at people,” the caller said. “He’s probably a juvenile, you know?”
People who had gathered around the early-morning media scrum with Tomba hurled angry questions at him, accusing police of unnecessary violence.
“It’s a toy gun and a 12-year-old,” a woman in the crowd yelled as reporters tried to ask questions, according to video provided by WEWS.
While saying a thorough and open investigation was under way, Tomba defended the officers’ actions in what he called a “very, very tragic situation.”
“They were doing their job,” he said.