Columbus police officer's body camera captures shooting of knife-wielding girl

by Jenny Mount · Apr 21st, 2021 1:29 pm

Last Updated Apr 23rd, 2021 at 7:59 am

A Columbus Police officer's bodycam video has been released by officials revealing the seconds leading up to the shooting of a teenage girl.

The bodycam video shows a young, black girl who appeared to be armed with a knife fighting with another girl as the officer opens fire.

The knife can be seen in the girl's hand as she appears to attempt to stab the girl in pink. The officer fired his weapon and the knife wielding girl fell to the ground. The knife can be seen laying beside her in the video.

The officer's body camera footage was released quickly by Columbus officials in "an effort to be transparent" about the incident leading to the officer's decision to shoot. The video shows that the officer appeared to shoot the first girl in order to save the life of the girl in pink.

According to Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, it was a "tragic day in the City of Columbus."

"We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community," said Ginther. "We think it's critically important to share as much information as possible. We'll continue to share footage and other information as quickly as possible."

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is being led by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


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