An Ohio State Police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old black teenager in response to an emergency call about an attempted stabbing.
The young woman involved in the incident in the state capital, Columbus, has been identified as Magia Bryant.
Columbus police have released footage from a camera installed in a police uniform showing the woman hitting others with a knife before she was shot.
An investigation is underway and local authorities are urging residents in the area to remain calm.
The concerned police officer, whose name has not yet been released, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to US newspapers.
Police were called to the scene at 4:45 pm (5:45 pm) on Tuesday (4/20) in a region in southeastern Columbus, according to the local Columbus Dispatch newspaper.
Pictures of a portable camera available by police show a disagreement between a group in front of a house, until one of them – who is Magia Bryant – appears to be threatening another member of the group with a knife.
A police officer then approaches the group on the driveway and shouts “Get down” before shooting several shots, injuring the teenager.
Local officials said the policeman was shot to save the life of a woman in the group, but a woman who identified herself as Magia Bryant’s aunt said she would defend herself only after her daughter-in-law was attacked.
Paula Bryant, the teenager’s mother, told WBNS-TV, a local television network, that she was hurt by what had happened and that her daughter was a “kind girl.”
“It shouldn’t have happened,” he said, “I need answers.”
Paula Bryant said her daughter, who currently lives in a foster home, is “looking forward to returning home.”
Columbus Police Chief Executive Mike Woods told a news conference that the investigation was being conducted by the Ohio Criminal Investigation Department.
“At the end of this investigation, the Police Internal Affairs Division will conduct an administrative review of the activities of the police officer and all the agents present at the scene,” he said.
“This is a tragic incident for everyone involved, but especially for the young woman’s family.”
Columbus Mayor Andrew Zinder described it as “terrible, heartbreaking” and “a sad day for the city”.
“We know from the footage that the policeman acted to protect another woman in our community – but one family is in mourning tonight.”
The shooting in Columbus comes after an arbitral tribunal found that a former police officer had been murdered in the case of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last year.
Floyd was stabbed to death in the neck for more than nine minutes when 45-year-old Derek Suev was arrested by a black man in May 2020.
Widespread scandals led to protests around the world against racism and the excessive use of force by the police.
After the death, protesters gathered in Columbus near the house where the young woman was shot.
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