COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods released additional body camera video, as well as the 911 call, following the deadly police shooting of a teen girl.
Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, was shot and killed by an officer on the city’s east side Tuesday evening. Officers were called to a house on Legion Lane after female reported someone was trying to stab her.
The body-worn video shows Ma’Khia swing at two others with a knife. Woods would not say who made the initial 911 call or if it was Ma’Khia.
“It’s a tragedy. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a 16-year-old girl. I’m a father. Her family is grieving. Regardless of the circumstances, a 16-year-old girl is dead. I sure as hell wish it hadn’t happened,” Woods said.
Columbus Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. said they do not have the information right now to determine what would have happened if the officer had not fired those shots.
“Fast facts should not come at the cost of complete and accurate facts,” Pettus said.
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“She came after me with a knife,” one female can be heard telling an officer on the video.
In another clip, an officer can be heard asking bystanders for the teen’s name, then repeatedly saying, “C’mon Ma’Khia… Stay with us Ma’Khia.”
Ohio BCI is conducting the criminal investigation, while the Columbus Division of Police will do an administrative review. Columbus police did not interview witnesses or officers at the scene. That will be part of BCI’s investigation.
“Bottom line, did Ma’Khia Bryant need to die yesterday? How did we get here?” Ginther said.
Franklin County Children’s Services said Ma’Khia was a foster child under its care at the time.