#MaKhiaBryant is a 16-year-old girl who called the police for help and was shot and killed by them.
According to the local news, police received a 911 call about an attempted stabbing on Legion Lane, and law enforcement responded to the scene.
According to 10TV, Bryant’s family says the teen “called the police for help because girls were fighting outside her house.”
According to her aunt Hazel Bryant, Ma’Khia lived in a foster home. Several adult women started an altercation with her and she grabbed a knife to defend herself. As the police pulled up to the scene her aunt claims that Ma’Khia dropped the knife, but the police shot her four times without any warning.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the girl had died. “This afternoon, a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details. 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,” he wrote on Twitter, “as they do with all CPD-involved shootings. We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available. I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”