Official fired over Facebook post on Ohio boy shot by police

CLEVELAND (AP) — An emergency medical services supervisor has been fired for a Facebook post saying he was glad a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by Cleveland police, was dead.

The city of Cleveland has confirmed the termination of Cleveland EMS Capt. Jamie Marquardt on Friday. WJW-TV first reported Marquardt’s Facebook post about Tamir Rice last month. A city spokesman in a statement 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 his phone for the original post.

The boy was playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer in November 2014.

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