Female dies during officer-involved shooting in OH, mayor says

Ruben Hill
April 21, 2021

A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer Tuesday afternoon, Columbus Police Department officials confirmed during a press conference Tuesday night. The chaotic video shows a fight in progress. It appears the officer shot to save the life of the girl in pink.

Crowds gathered near the scene shortly after the shooting, which occurred around 4.30pm, and began shouting "no racist police" and "enough is enough" at officers gathered.

Paula Bryant told 10TV that her daughter was 16 years old, "a very loving, peaceful little girl". Video shared by one reporter shows her saying, "She didn't deserve to die like a dog on the street".

A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife or steak knife appeared to be lying on the sidewalk next to her immediately after she fell.

The outlet reported that according to the woman, Hazel Bryant, Ma'Khia "called the police because someone in her house was abusing her", and "that police saw a knife on the ground near Makiyah and shot the teenager four times".

Ben Crump, the prominent civil rights lawyer representing the Floyd family, weighed in on Twitter: "As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting", he wrote, mourning another "child lost". The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, they said. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. Ginther added that police were wearing bodycams, and they are working to review it "as soon as possible".

"We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available", he tweeted. "I'm asking for residents to remain calm and allow (investigators) to gather the facts".

The shooting happened about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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