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Man, 22, charged with murder of LeGend Tafelliro, 4, who was shot dead as he slept as Trump hails cops

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of four-year-old LeGend Tafelliro who was shot dead as he slept, as Donald Trump hailed cops.

Ryson Ellis was charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action.

The Kansas City Police department said that Ellis sent threatening social media messages to witnesses, which led to Taliffero's family members, including his father, confronting him.

Speaking about the arrest during Thursday's White House press conference, the president said: "We named 'Operation LeGend' after LeGend Taliferro, where we are going to be helping out and are in the process of helping out cities throughout our country that have difficulty with crime.

"So that's really good news, they caught the killer of LeGend."

In a separate statement, Barr said the arrest came as a result of coordination between Kansas City police, the FBI and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Attorney General William Barr said that the arrest followed the work of the police department, the FBI and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Barr said: "Today's arrest of LeGend Taliferro's suspected murderer marks a significant step forward in his case and illustrates the potential of Operation Legend more broadly.

"This development is a model for joint efforts to solve crimes and reduce violence in other cities.

"I thank the state and local law enforcement officers who helped make possible this important step in bringing justice to LeGend, to his family, and to his community."

Operation LeGend was announced last month.

"My daughter had open-heart surgery at a comparable age and I remember how stressful it was for our family," Barr said at the time.

"And the idea of your child surviving that and, you know, the-- the joy you would feel to see your kid pull through something like that and then have them shot in the face, it -- it affected me a lot."

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