A 15-year-old girl was reportedly shot dead by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, about the same time that a jury in Minneapolis was returning guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin, a former cop, in the killing last year of George Floyd.
According to local reports, police had been responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing when the shooting occurred. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther later confirmed that a police officer had been involved in the death of a “young woman.”
“We do not know all of the details,” Ginther said. “There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible.”
The mayor added that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was “on the scene” conducting an independent probe into the shooting.
— 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.
— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) April 20, 2021
Police had not released details about the shooting or the officer as of Tuesday night.
Family members of the victim told local reporters that she was a 15-year-old girl. WSYX-TV said she was taken to a hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m. local time.
A woman who identified herself as the girl’s aunt said she was a “loving” and “good kid.”
WARNING: Video contains strong language. A woman near Legion Lane says her niece was killed earlier tonight after an officer involved shooting. Police still haven’t confirmed victim pic.twitter.com/wpx9Wowtwl
— Alexis Moberger (@alexiswsyx6) April 20, 2021
Hundreds of miles away in Minneapolis, Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday afternoon of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on his neck for nearly 10 minutes in an arrest attempt. Among Floyd’s last words were “I can’t breathe.”
After word of the shooting spread in the southeast Columbus neighborhood, a crowd began to gather Tuesday night near the site, which was surrounded still by police tape, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Several protesters carried Black Lives Matter signs, and one man, K.C. Taynor, recalling earlier relief over the Chauvin verdicts, told the Dispatch: “We don’t get to celebrate nothing. … In the end, you know what, you can’t be Black.”
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