Cop Says He Had No Choice But To Shoot Tamir Rice, Claims Rookie’s Dad

December 2, 2014  |  

Tim Loehmann, the officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park is claiming that he had no choice, says the rookie’s father. As you may recall, officers were called to the park after a witness saw the preteen playing with what turned out to be a pellet gun.

“I was right there and he went for the gun. I had no choice,” Tim’s father, Fred Loehmann recalled him saying in an interview with

Fred, who spent decades working in law enforcement, went on to tell reporters that his son was initially in shock following the shooting, but claims that he’s now doing “pretty well.”

Surveillance footage taken from the area shows the officer firing his gun within two seconds of his patrol car pulling up to Tamir. Tamir’s relatives have declined to comment on anything concerning the officer, but it has been confirmed that his funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

“The family is grieving, as any family who lost a 12-year-old would be,” said Stan Donaldson, a media liaison for the family’s attorney David Malik. “They thought they would be spending this holiday with their son.”

So far, statements taken from Tim by law enforcement officials regarding the shooting have not been made public.

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