The incident, sparking street protests in Ohio's largest city, came as the nation was focused on the guilty verdict a Minneapolis jury returned against a white former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd past year by kneeling on his neck.
The 10-second clip begins with the officer getting out of his auto at a house where police had been dispatched after someone called 911 saying they were being physically threatened, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. The officer yells, "Hey, hey, hey, hey, Get down!" before she appears to lunge at a second girl with the knife, according to the video.
The lead sentence of the story now reads, "A 16-year-old [sic] Black girl was fatally shot by an officer outside her home after she called the police for help on Tuesday afternoon, according to her family".
Bryant then appears to swing a knife at a girl who is on the hood of a auto, and the officer fires his weapon what sounds like four times, striking Bryant, who died a short time later.
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The teenager immediately collapses against the parked vehicle and onto the ground, and the weapon, which appears to be a kitchen-style knife, is seen lying on the pavement near her as an officer crouches at her side to render medical aid.
Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther addressed the police shooting in a series of tweets Tuesday night, confirming the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting an independent investigation into the incident.More news: Minneapolis ex-policeman Chauvin convicted of murder in Floyd case
He said, "We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community".
The officer tells her to "Get Down!" One family member said she was 15, while another said she was 16.
Hazel Bryant told the outlet that her niece lived in a foster home in the area and had gotten into a fight with someone else at the home. The investigation then goes to the Franklin County Grand Jury and then back to the police department for an internal review, Woods said. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.
Ma'Khia's mother said her daughter was a "very loving, peaceful little girl" who was an honor roll student.More news: Alexei Navalny sent to prison hospital in Russian Federation
"We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available", the mayor said on Twitter. "Tonight we pray for this family, we pray for this city, and we pray for our neighbours", Ginther said. He said, "Our city deserves answers".
Footage of the bodycam attached to the police officer who killed the 16-year-old was released on Tuesday evening.
Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods told WCMH-TV the quick release of the bodycam video is an effort to be transparent with the public.
Protesters with Black Lives Matter signs, megaphones and a loudspeaker joined the crowd gathered behind crime scene tape about a half-block away from the shooting scene. But things changed quickly, she said.More news: Boris Johnson visit to India cancelled due to COVID-19
Police who answered the department's phone and officers on scene were not immediately able to provide details to The Associated Press.