Columbus (Ohio) Police Officer Shoots Black Teen Who Was Thrusting Knife at Another Black Teen; Crowd Confronts Police at Night

Legion Lane shooting scene neighborhood (Google Street View Image Capture August 2019 ©2021)
Legion Lane shooting scene neighborhood (Google Street View Image Capture August 2019 ©2021).

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Columbus, Ohio police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. Police bodycam video shows the officer shooting the girl, who was Black, as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Columbus (Ohio) police released body cam video of a police-involved shooting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 showing a police call that was dispatched about 4:32 p.m. Tuesday to the block of 3100 Legion Lane in Columbus, where a female teen with a knife was threatening another female teen and was fatally shot by police. Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said Tuesday night that a caller said that “females were there trying to stab them and put their hands on them.”




Columbus police officers arrived to find a disturbance involving people fighting and kicking. Immediately before the police-involved shooting, a female black wearing a black top and blue pants and appearing to be armed with a knife, charged toward a female black wearing pink clothing. The female wearing blue began to thrust the knife toward the female wearing pink, who was also pinned up against a car and had no escape. Apparently four shots were fired by police, striking the female wearing blue.

The female wearing blue was unresponsive after the shots were fired. Police called medics immediately, assessed the shooting victim, and began CPR with lifesaving measures attempted by at least two police officers at the scene, according to Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods.




Woods said deadly force can be used to protect yourself or a third person, which is part of police policy and “within the law.” Woods said an investigation will seek to determine whether the police involved shooting will comply with police policy.

The female shooting victim has been identified by numerous numerous media sources — citing the girl’s mother (Paula Bryant), the Franklin County Children’s Services (FCCS), and the NAACP — as Ma’Khia Bryant.




Columbus police officers were called to the 3100 block of Legion Lane, north of Chatterton Road, just after 4:30 p.m. for a disturbance. YouTube Tips ⓘ

A media statement from the NAACP Columbus Branch places the shooting of a black child in the context of the people that were awaiting the verdict of the Derek Chauvin – George Floyd murder trial Tuesday afternoon.

The statement by the NAACP Columbus Branch, which does not mention that Ma’Khia Bryant was armed with a knife while executing a threatening motion toward another black child, describes that the body cam viewed leaves several unanswered questions …

What threat did this 16-year-old pose to the police officer?

What steps were taken to deescalate the situation?

Why wasn’t a taser or pepper spray used?

How does a call for help result in the death of a 15-year-old child?

NAACP Columbus Branch media release regarding the Ma'Khia Bryant shooting by a Columbus Police Officer attempting to prevent a life-threatening aggravated battery with a knife
NAACP Columbus Branch media release regarding the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting by a Columbus Police Officer attempting to prevent a life-threatening aggravated battery with a knife (SOURCE: Facebook.com/naacpcolumbus).

Protesters with BLM posters protested in downtown Columbus, Ohio beginning about 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Protest against police in downtown Columbus, Ohio. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Protesters marched downtown following the fatal police shooting of a female teen just before she appeared to be about to stab another female teen. YouTube Tips ⓘ

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Legion Lane shooting scene neighborhood (Google Street View Image Capture August 2019 ©2021)
Legion Lane shooting scene neighborhood (Google Street View Image Capture August 2019 ©2021).