Columbus police on Tuesday night released bodycam footage showing an officer’s fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl earlier in the day.
The truncated video begins at the moment the officer exits his vehicle while responding to a call of an attempted stabbing at a home at around 4:45 p.m.
Moments after the officer approaches a group of people standing outside the home, a girl with what appears to be a knife can be seen chasing another female, who falls to the ground in front of the cop.
The officer screams at the alleged stabbing suspect to “get down” before the teen heads towards another girl.
As the teen swings the apparent weapon toward the girl, the officer fires several shots at the alleged suspect.
Columbus police hold a press conference after an officer fatally shot a teen on April 20, 2021. WKYC Channel 3
A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife can be seen in the video lying on the sidewalk next to the girl.
After the gunfire, two adults remained outside. “She’s a f—ing kid, man,” one of them can be heard telling the officer.
Police have not identified the teen, but family members told 10TV she was Makiah Bryant.
An image from the police bodycam of the fatal shooting of a teen in Columbus, Ohio. WKYC Channel 3
Bryant’s aunt told The Columbus Dispatch that Bryant lived on the block at a foster home.
The shooting, which occurred less than an hour before Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, sparked protests in the city.
The officer who fired the fatal shoots has not been identified. But he has been taken off the streets pending an investigation, Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods said at a Tuesday night press briefing.
It was not immediately clear if the two other girls who were being attacked were injured.
Bodycam footage shows a Columbus, Ohio, cop holding a gun after the shooting of 15-year-old Makiah Bryant.WKYC Channel 3
Woods said that in interest of transparency, the department moved quickly to release at least a portion of the bodycam footage.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther also addressed the media Tuesday night, where he appeared visibly shaken.
“It’s a tragic day in the city of Columbus. Horrible, heartbreaking situation,” he said.
“The city of Columbus lost a 15-year-old girl today.”
Columbus Police administer first aid to the victim of the fatal shooting on April 21, 2021. WKYC Channel 3
“Based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community.”
“But a family is grieving tonight. And this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home.”
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting an independent probe of the shooting, the mayor said.