Personnel records released of officer who shot, killed Tyre King
While the investigation into the police-involved shooting that claimed the life of 13-year-old Tyre King last Wednesday continues, ABC 6/FOX 28 has received personnel records and more details about the officer in the case.
Personnel files released for Columbus Police officer Bryan Mason showed that the nine-year veteran officer had either met or exceeded in all job review categories since joining the ranks in 2007.
There were also several letters of praise, and numerous awards for good work. Those include a 2008 chief's recognition for Mason's participation on the Summer Strike Force Initiative to help cut crime in neighborhoods. He also received numerous letters of praise for professionalism.
But a closer look also shows the shooting of 13-year-old Tyre King isn't the first time Mason's used his gun on the job. Records show Mason was cleared in a September 2009 shooting along North 4th Street. Investigators say a suspect in that case shot and injured two officers before taking his life. For his part, Mason was a Silver Cross Award for shooting at the suspect to protect people and fellow officers.
In 2009. Officer Mason also received recognition after shooting a dog that attacked and bit a fellow officer during the course of an investigation.
Mason was also cleared in the 2012 shooting death of a suspect holding another man at gunpoint along Howey Road.
A search of Mason's file also revealed at least 50 citizen complaints alleging excessive force to inappropriate language. A breakdown of use of force complaints, shows 21 of those who complained were male, three were female. A breakdown shows 54% percent were filed by African-Americans, 46% were white. None of the use of force complaints were sustained against Mason.