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​Sheriff: Probe of Cleveland police shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, nears end

CLEVELAND - A sheriff says detectives have completed most of their investigation into a Cleveland police officer's fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed while carrying a pellet gun in November 2014.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said Tuesday that investigators still have a few more witnesses to interview.

Tamir Rice

Attorney Timothy J. Kucharski via CBS affiliate WOIO

The sheriff's office agreed in January to take over the investigation.

Rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir within seconds of a police cruiser pulling up next to the boy. Loehmann and his partner were responding to a 911 call about a black male pointing a gun at people outside a recreation center, also saying the gun is "probably fake."

Tamir, a black boy, was carrying an Airsoft-type gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets. The shooting by the white officer intensified the focus on police treatment of African-Americans and spurred protests around Cleveland.