The person who was shot seems to have a knife on the ground after the shooting.
According to police, the video shows someone attempting to stab one person on the ground and another. Officials in the city described the shooting as a tragedy and encouraged residents to remain calm and patient.
A Columbus police officer shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black 16-year-old-girl just minutes after the Chauvin verdict was announced. She was calling the police for help.
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The shooting, according to Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, was a “horrible, tragic situation.” He said, “We know, based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight,”
The attack happened shortly after the nation heard of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd by a jury. Police were dispatched around 4:30 p.m., according to Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods, after “a caller said females were trying to stab them and put their hands on them.”
When the officer arrives, the officer’s body camera video appears to show a fight. A fight breaks out between two women or girls, and one of them falls to the ground in front of the officer.
The girl who was shot later begins to run toward another person near a vehicle, and the officer appears to say “get down” four times before shooting. The girl “went at her,” according to someone who claims to be the officer who fired the shot.
“She came at her with a knife,” the officer appears to inform another officer who is attending to the shot girl later in the video.
According to Woods, it was rare for police to release body-camera footage so soon after the incident, but officers wanted to be clear about the incident and have whatever answers they could. The complete video is being released via a public records request, he said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Woods said the details released Tuesday night were based on police reports and did not include any interviews with officers or witnesses.
Pettus said, “They deserve answers. Our city deserves answers. I want answers. But fast answers cannot come at the cost of complete accurate answers,”
According to Woods, the cop, who has not been publicly named, will be removed from the street.
A crowd assembled near the home where the shooting happened shortly after the shooting, according to The Columbus Dispatch. After the high-profile shootings of Casey Goodson, Andre Hill, and Miles Jackson, tensions in Columbus were still high.