Black Teenage Girl Fatally Shot by Ohio Police Officer Just Before Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict
A Black teenage girl died Tuesday when she was shot by a Columbus, Ohio, police officer after her family says she called the department for help.
The young girl has been identified by her mother as Ma'Khia Bryant, 16.
Her family says she called the police around 4:30 p.m. with a report that someone was trying to stab her, 10TV reported.
Police responded to the 3100 block of Legion Lane at 4:45 p.m. when an officer allegedly shot the teen four times, according to 10TV. She was then transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m., police told The Columbus Dispatch.
In a press conference Tuesday night, Columbus interim Chief of Police Michael Woods addressed reporters and confirmed the call to police made around 4:30 p.m. but do not identify who made the call.
Woods said, "The information was there a caller said females were there trying to stab them and put their hands on them, dispatchers tried to obtain information about weapons but were unable to gather that information. Officers were dispatched at 4:36 [p.m.] and arrived at 4:44 [p.m.]."
Woods then played a brief video that showed the altercation that led to Bryant being fatally shot.
"What the video shows is the female with a knife attempting to stab the first female that lands on the ground," Woods said. "And then the second female that is pushed against the vehicle."
Later on in the press conference, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther addressed reporters, saying, "The city of Columbus lost a 15-year-old girl. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. ... I ask for everyone to pray for peace."
Police and Ginther reported Ma'Khia's age as 15, although her mother said she is 16.
The Columbus Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to comment.