Ohio

EMS supervisor fired over Facebook post about boy killed by police

FILE- This Dec. 8, 2014 file photo shows a person holding up a sign for justice for Tamir Rice during a news conference in Cleveland.

FILE- This Dec. 8, 2014 file photo shows a person holding up a sign for justice for Tamir Rice during a news conference in 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.