Ohio, United States: Columbus police fatally shoot black teenage girl

Ohio police shoot dead a black teenage girl while responding to an attempted stabbing call.

The shooting happened in the state capital Columbus at about 4:45pm local time on Tuesday. The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, according to the Dispatch.

Columbus police later produced bodycam footage of the incident, showing several people attacking a person before the girl was shot several times.

The video shows an officer approaching a driveway with a group of young people standing there. In the video, it appears that the 16-year-old, identified now as Ma’Khia Bryant, who was moments later shot by police, pushes or swings at a person, who falls to the ground.

Bryant then appears to swing a knife at a girl who is on the hood of a car, and the officer fires his weapon, which sounds four times, striking Bryant. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An inquiry is under way, with officials urging local residents to remain calm.

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said.

“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available,” he added.

Later on Tuesday night crowds gathered at the scene, which police partially blocked off to traffic. Others gathered at the city’s police headquarters to protest.

The shooting in Columbus happened 25 minutes before a jury found a former police officer guilty of murder over the death of African-American George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last year.