Columbus police officer shoots, kills teenage girl

Joanna Estrada
April 21, 2021

A crowd is reportedly gathering in Columbus, Ohio near a home on the city's Southeast Side after news broke of an officer-involved shooting of a 15-year-old girl identified as Makiah Bryant.

Officers had responded to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl at about 4:45 p.m., the newspaper reported. The shooting took place a short time later, according to police.

Authorities have confirmed that the victim was shot by an officer and transported to Mount Carmel East hospital in critical condition but died from their injuries. He and the city's public safety director, Ned Pettus, Jr, appealed for calm while the investigation proceeds and facts are uncovered in what he called "a devastating" loss of life. No matter the circumstances, that family is in agony. They deserve answers, the city deserves answers.

"Fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers", Pettus told a late news conference with the police chief and mayor.

Slowed down body cam footage shows police approaching a group of young people outside of a house before a gun was pulled out.

"She was a good kid". "Yeah she had issues, but that's OK".

The teen was not identified by police as they reach out to notify relatives.

Officials have not released the name of the victim and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is on scene to probe the shooting.

In a press conference, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the "officers took action to protect another young girl".

Hazel Bryant, the teenager's aunt, cited by the Daily Beast, suggested that the girl had called the police herself because several adult women had come to her home and started an altercation, noting that the teenager held the knife in self-defense. "Tonight we pray for this family, we pray for this city, and we pray for our neighbours", Ginther said. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation- as they do with all CPD-involved shootings.

"We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available", he continued.

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