A 16-year-old Black girl was fatally shot by an officer outside of her home after she called the police for help on Tuesday afternoon hours after Derek Chauvin’s trial, according to her family.The girl has been identified as Ma’Khia Bryant by her aunt, Hazel Bryant.
Bryant allegedly called officers at about 4:30 p.m. local time when a group of “older kids” threatened her with assault, her aunt told Ohio Statehouse News Bureau Reporter Andy Chow. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.
“Ma’Khia was a foster child, who was under the care of Franklin County Children Services,” the FCCS said in a statement. “This was a tragic incident and FCCS is continuing its involvement with the family throughout this difficult time.”
The teen was transported to a nearby hospital, Mount Carmel East, but died of her injuries. The department has contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to review the officer’s use of deadly force, and the officer will be “taken off the street,” interim police chief Michael Woods told reporters at a press conference.
The Columbus Police Department could not say on Tuesday whether Bryant was the one to call for assistance before she was shot.
At a Tuesday night press conference, the Columbus Police Department released an edited version of the body camera video worn by the officer who shot Bryant. Police have not yet made public the name of that officer.Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods told reporters the officer will be pulled off of patrol duty as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation looks into Tuesday’s shooting.
“This is a tragic incident for all involved but especially for the family of the female,” Woods said. He said he could not answer a question about what efforts to de-escalate the situation were made apart from the officer firing his gun, saying he had not interviewed the officer involved.While police said officers responded to the scene after a 911 caller “called in and indicated that someone was trying to stab them,” the family of Makiyah Bryant have offered a different version of events, saying the 15-year-old was trying to defend herself after being confronted by a group of women.