Ohio Officer Gives Warning to Boys Waving BB Gun: 'Do You Think I Want to Shoot an 11-year-old?'

Body cam footage taken from an Ohio police officer revealed the moment he was forced to confront two children who were waving a realistic-looking BB gun, prompting the officer to warn them of the potentially devastating consequences.

The footage, released by Columbus Police Department, showed Officer Peter Casuccio speaking to the boys on the side of the road after receiving a call about two males "waving a gun" on Saturday, October 13.

The clip started with Casuccio holding what turned out to be a BB gun toward the children, telling them: "This is getting kids killed all over the country."

The officer then told the boys how he had received a call about two young black males while he was out on patrol, with the dispatch call saying, "They looked really young, and they just flashed a gun."

One of the boys denied he was flashing the BB gun. Casuccio responds: "Listen, here's the deal, OK? You had to show somebody, because how did they know you had it?"

One of the boys then said he was just holding the gun. "You can't do that dude, in today's world. Listen, that thing looks real," Casuccio replied. After the boys apologized, the officer added: "You should be sorry, and you should be sacred."

Casuccio then asked the boys how old they were. One was 11 years old and the other 13.

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The officer warned the boys after receiving a call about two black males seen waving a gun in the streets: “Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old? Do you think I want to shoot a 13-year-old?” Columbus Division of Police

"Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old? Do you think I want to shoot a 13-year-old?" the officer asked.

"Do I honestly look like the type of dude that wants to shoot anybody?" he asked the boys, to which they said no. "But do I look like the type of dude that will shoot somebody?" he asked. The boys replied, "Yes, sir."

"I pride myself on being a pretty bad hombre, because I got to be." Casuccio warned the boys, "Don't make me."

The clip then showed Casuccio speaking to the 11-year-old boy's mother at their home about the incident with the BB gun. After describing how the boy "freaked out" when he saw him and pulled the gun out of his waistband, the horrified mother told her son, "He could have shot you for that, you know that?"

"Regardless of what people say about the dudes wearing this uniform, we care," Casuccio said.

The clip ends with the officer once more warning the boys about what could have occurred. "The last thing I ever want to do is shoot an 11-year-old. Because your life hasn't even gotten started yet. And it could've ended. Because I wouldn't have missed.

"I could've killed you. I want you to think about that tonight when you go to bed. You could be gone. Everything you want to do in this life could've been over."

The officer's actions were praised following the release of the bodycam footage. "It was a good job done by the officer in a very, very tense situation, and we try to highlight those," Columbus Police Sergeant Chantay Boxill told CBS News.

In one of the most notorious officer-related shootings in recent years, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed while holding a toy gun at a playground in Cleveland, in 2014. The officer who killed the boy, Timothy Loehmann, did not face any charges related to the shooting.