Ohio police officer shot and killed 15-year-old girl with knife, police say and bodycam video shows

Police responded to a 4:32 p.m. call indicating “females were there trying to stab them and put their hands on them,” Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said Tuesday night.

Officials responded to the location and, according to bodycam footage from the first officer on scene, the officer approaches a group of individuals in the driveway outside a home.

The video shows the 15-year-old quickly move toward another girl with what appears to be knife and the girl falls to the ground. The officer yells, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, Get down!” before the 15-year-old appears to lunge at a second girl with the knife, according to the video.

Officials say a 15-year-old girl was shot by a Columbus police officer on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

The officer tells her to “Get Down! Get down! Get down! Get down!” and then fires four shots in the direction of the 15-year-old.

One officer attends to the shooting victim, who police are not identifying. Officers assessed the woman for injuries and summoned a medic, as is protocol, Woods said.

Police did not have any information on whether the two other individuals were injured, Woods said.

The officer will be taken off the street while an investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office takes place, Woods added. The investigation then goes to the Franklin County Grand Jury and then back to the police department for an internal review, Woods said.

“We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said during the news conference. “But a family is grieving tonight and this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home.”

After the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene. Some were saying “enough is enough” and calling for the body camera video, according to CNN affiliate WSYX-TV
The shooting comes the same day former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump tweeted, “As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting.”

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