Police in Ohio shoot and kill teenage girl, shortly before Derek Chauvin verdict was announced

Photos: Protesters take to streets after police shoot, kill teen holding knife in Columbus, Ohio A crowd gathers in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a protest Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

A teenage girl was fatally shot while holding a knife on Tuesday in an officer-involved incident during a disturbance in Columbus, Ohio, authorities said.

The Columbus Police Department said the victim was not a police officer. The girl, whose age has been listed as 15 or 16, was taken to an area hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m. EDT, WBNS reported.

Update 12:06 a.m EDT April 21: During the news conference and again in a news release, Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. called the teen’s death “devastating.”

“She could be my grandchild. My heart breaks for her family tonight,” Pettus said. “No matter what the circumstances, they are in agony, and they are in my prayers.”

Update 11:39 p.m. EDT April 20: During the body cam video released by the Columbus Police Department, it appeared that a Black girl was trying to stab two people with a knife, according to The Associated Press.

A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife or steak knife appeared to be lying on the sidewalk next to her immediately after she fell, the AP reported.

“She had a knife. She just went at her,” a man can be heard in the video.

Warning: Video in tweet below shows some graphic images.

Update 11:14 p.m. EDT April 20: According to a news release from Franklin County Children Services, the child was identified as 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, WBNS reported. Bryant was a foster child under the care of the agency, according to the release. Columbus Interim Police Chief Mike Woods and Mayor Andrew Ginther referred to the girl only as a 15-years-old during a news conference late Tuesday.

Woods did not reveal the victim’s name at the news conference, saying that next-of-kin needed to be notified.

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SOURCE: KIRO 7 News Seattle – Bob D’Angelo