Ohio authorities investigate death of teenager involved in police shooting

In an image from police bodycam video that the Columbus Police Department played during a news conference Tuesday night, April 20, 2021, a teenage girl, foreground, appears to wield a knife during an altercation before being shot by a police officer Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Police shot and the girl just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. State law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. (Columbus Police Department via WSYX-TV via AP)

In an image from police bodycam video that the Columbus Police Department played during a news conference Tuesday night, April 20, 2021, a teenage girl, foreground, appears to wield a knife during an altercation before being shot by a police officer Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Police shot and the girl just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. State law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. (Columbus Police Department via WSYX-TV via AP)

In an image from police body-cam video that the Columbus Police Department played during a news conference Tuesday night, April 20, 2021, a teenage girl, foreground, appears to wield a knife during an altercation before being shot by a police officer Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (Columbus Police Department via WSYX-TV via AP)

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UPDATED 9:54 AM PT – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Protests erupted in Ohio following the death of a teenager during a police response to a 9-1-1 call.

During a press conference Tuesday, the Columbus Department of Public Safety released body-cam footage showing 16-year-old Makhia Bryant brandishing what appears to be a kitchen knife before being shot during the encounter. Authorities transported Bryant to a nearby hospital where she later died.

Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods said an investigation is currently underway to determine whether the officer involved acted appropriately.

“The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting the criminal investigation into this incident,” he stated. “At the conclusion of that investigation, the divisional police will conduct an administrative review of the actions of this officer and all officers at the scene.”

The department said it will continue to actively investigate the nature of the incident. As they gather the necessary information, local officials are asking residents to remain calm. Woods noted, “this is a tragic incident for all involved.”

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