OH shooting: Columbus police shoot dead black teenage girl

Ruben Hill
April 21, 2021

Releasing police body-camera video of Tuesday's shooting in Ohio's capital hours later, the interim Columbus police chief, Michael Woods, said officers involved there were answering an emergency-911 call from someone who reported an attempted stabbing.

Tension is high in the city after the Chauvin verdict and last week's deadly police-involved shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m.

The girl's name and age were being withheld while her family was notified, police said. No matter the circumstances, that family is in agony. "They deserve answers. but fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers". "But fast answers can not come at the expense of accurate answers". "If an officer has violated policy or the law, if they have, they will be held accountable".

Police showed bodycam footage at a news conference of the officer shooting the girl, who was Black, as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife.

Officials responded to the location and, according to bodycam footage from the first officer on the scene, the officer approaches a group of individuals in the driveway outside a home.

The 10-second clip begins with the officer getting out of his auto at a house where police had been dispatched after someone called 911 saying they were being physically threatened, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. "She was loving", Hazel Bryant, who said she was the victim's aunt, told Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX near the scene of the shooting. "Yeah she had issues, but that's OK".

"She didn't deserve to die like a dog on the street", the woman said. Officials are continuing an investigation into that shooting.

The officer tells her to "get down" as she grapples with the woman in pink, who is leaning against the side of the vehicle and and trying to dodge her blade.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the girl's death was a "horrible, heartbreaking situation".

As community members gathered in the neighborhood where the violence unfolded and outside police headquarters, police released segments of officers' body-worn camera video at a news conference late on Tuesday. Ginther added that police were wearing bodycams, and they are working to review it "as soon as possible".

Woods said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) had opened an inquiry into the case.

Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

"I'm asking residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts".

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