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Police identify officer who shot, killed 16-year-old girl



COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Division of Police has identified the officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant Tuesday in southeast Columbus.

Police identified the officer as Nicholas Reardon, a 1-year veteran with the division of police.

Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said Reardon was hired in December 2019.

At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to 3171 Legion Lane. The caller said females were there to stab them and put their hands on them, according to police.

Columbus Police said dispatchers were unable to get information about weapons at the scene.

Officers arrived at the scene at 4:44 p.m.

Body camera video from Reardon shows Bryant appearing to try to stab two females when Reardon fired, striking her.

According to Woods, officers immediately began life-saving measures, and medics were called immediately. Bryant was taken to Mt. Carmel East in critical condition but was pronounced just before 5:30 p.m.

Woods said Reardon has been taken off the streets.

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