Official's Facebook Post Said He Wished He'd Shot Tamir Rice

The boy was holding a pellet gun when he was shot by a policeman in late 2014

An emergency medical services supervisor has been fired for a Facebook post saying he was glad a 12-year-old black boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland officer was dead.

The city confirmed the termination of EMS Capt. Jamie Marquardt on Friday. WJW-TV first reported Marquardt's Facebook post about Tamir Rice last month. A city spokesman called the post "egregious."

The post on Marquardt's Facebook page said he wished he'd had the chance to have shot "the little criminal." A follow-up post blamed someone who'd picked up his phone for the original post.

Tamir was playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in November 2014 when he was shot by a policeman who thought the weapon was real.

Marquardt doesn't have a listed telephone number and couldn't be reached.

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