Official’s Facebook post said he wished he’d shot Tamir Rice

FILE- In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A judge has ruled that evidence exists to charge two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was holding a pellet gun outside a recreation center, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — 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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