COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — A security camera across the street from where a Columbus Police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old girl holding a knife shows a wide-angle view of the deadly shooting.
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The video, given to WSYX by a neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous, gives a wider view of the incident that police had only previously released through the officer's body-worn camera.
"It was surreal," the neighbor said. "I can't believe this just happened. Unfortunately, the cop had only seconds to respond. Once I saw the body cam video, I realized the young lady had a knife. It could have been worse. It could have been two people dead if he didn't respond as fast as he did."
Thursday, dozens of people continued to add to the memorial in honor of Ma'Khia Bryant on Legion Lane. Shannon Lakanen said it is something she could not get off of her mind.
"The call was for a disturbance and the first reaction was to pull a gun and shoot into a crowd of teenagers? I don't understand that," Lakanen said. "There is something incredibly wrong with our system if our society justifies handling at-risk teens this way. It is problematic."
Interim Columbus Police Chief Mike Woods said officers were dispatched to the 3170 block of Legion Lane around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller said females were there to stab them and put their hands on them. Dispatchers were unable to get information about weapons at the scene.
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Officers arrived at the scene at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday.
Body-worn camera video from Officer Nicholas Reardon, the first responding officer, shows 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant appearing to try to stab a woman when Reardon fired, striking her.
Other officers on the scene began life-saving measures and can be heard on body-cam video saying "stay with us Ma'Khia." Medics were called immediately.
Bryant was taken to Mt. Carmel East Hospital in critical condition but was pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m.
The shooting, which occurred while the jury reached a verdict on former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has sparked protests in Columbus.
Ohio State students marched from campus to the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday afternoon in protest of the shooting. Some students called for the university to cut ties with police.
Additional protests continued downtown for a second night Wednesday and more are expected in the coming days.