COLUMBUS, Ohio — An angry crowd gathered Tuesday night near an Ohio home where a police officer fatally shot a person while responding to an attempted stabbing call.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was on the scene Tuesday night to investigate a fatal shooting by a Columbus police officer. The shooting occurred just before a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last year.
Police received a 911 call at about 4:35 p.m. regarding an attempted stabbing on Legion Lane in Columbus, Ohio.Officers later responded to the scene and at 4:45 p.m. an officer-involved shooting was reported.
Columbus Fire medics were cleared to come into the scene at 4:46 p.m., police said. The wounded person was transported in critical condition to Mount Carmel East hospital, where she was later pronounced dead , police said.
No one else was injured, according to Columbus police dispatch.
Police have provided no information about the person shot or the circumstances of the shooting.
Later Tuesday evening, Mayor Andrew Ginther urged residents to “remain calm” as authorities conduct their investigation.
“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details,” Ginther said on Twitter. “There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible.
“BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation — as they do with all CPD-involved shootings,” he said, adding: “We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available.”
Hazel Bryant told The Columbus Dispatch, part of the USA TODAY Network, that she is the aunt of the 15-year-old girl who was shot. The girl lived in a foster home and got into an altercation with someone else at the home, she said.
Bryant said her niece had a knife, but maintained that the girl dropped the knife before she was shot multiple times by a police officer.
Protesters with Black Lives Matter signs, megaphones and a loudspeaker joined the crowd gathered behind crime scene tape about a half-block away from the shooting scene.
“We don’t get to celebrate nothing,” K.C. Taynor said through a megaphone of the Chauvin verdict. “…In the end, you know what, you can’t be Black.”
Kiar Yakita of the Black Liberation Movement, said she is not surprised that another police shooting happened. “Why did they kill this baby?” she asked aloud.
Hana Abdur-Rahim, with the Black Abolitionists Collective, said, “We are in a literal genocide. We are fighting for our lives.”
During a council committee hearing Tuesday evening that allowed members to meet nominees for a new police civilian review board to investigate officers’ uses of force, Council president Shannon Hardin announced that there had been another police shooting.
“We don’t know very much as it stands, and as we watched the verdict from Minneapolis many talked about the sigh of relief — but there is a truth that for so many in our community there is no relief. This is not alright, it’s not OK, and it can’t continue on.
“We’re going to need to have the utmost transparency as we go through and learn more (about the latest incident). But the truth is that nothing that we will do will bring this young baby girl back. Nothing will stop the family from grieving.”
Hardin told the panel members being interviewed that the latest shooting shows why the city needs a civilian review board, “and we need to fundamentally rethink safety in our city.”
“It certainly does put in stark view what you have been called to do in our community, each and every one of you: to provide oversight, accountability and transparency when it comes to policing in our community,” he added.
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