COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW / AP) – A neighbor to Ma’Khia Bryant said after watching video captured by his security cameras, he believes more people could have died had police not acted quickly during the incident.
That’s according to an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, which quoted Donovan Brinson as saying, “It was violent and it all happened so fast.”
Bryant, 16, was shot and killed by an officer on the east side of Columbus on Tuesday night.
Police body camera footage showed the teenager swinging a knife at two other girls before the fatal shots were fired.
Brinson told the Columbus Dispatch he was pulling into his driveway when the incident started. He said he “thought it was just a girl fight”. He said the fight escalated and while inside he heard gunshots after police intervened.
He then reviewed 26 seconds of video from his cameras, the newspaper reports. He said it showed the fight and he saw the knife involved. He turned the video over to the police.
The 10-second police body camera clip begins with the officer, identified on Wednesday as Nicholas Reardon, exiting his car at the house.
The officer, who was forcibly engaged in December 2019, is seen walking a few steps towards a group of people in the aisle when Bryant begins to swing a knife savagely at another girl or woman, who falls backwards. The officer shouts several times to come down.
Bryant then charges another girl or woman, who is stuck against a car.
A few yards away, with people on either side of him, the officer fires four shots and Bryant collapses to the ground. A black-handled blade similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife sits on the sidewalk next to her.
A man immediately shouts at the officer, “You didn’t have to shoot him!” She’s just a kid, man!
The officer replies, “She had a knife. She just walked over to her.
Bryant was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Police did not say if anyone else was injured.
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