The Columbus Dispatch reported a crowd of protesters had gathered near a home on the city's southeast side where the shooting occurred, just minutes before the guilty verdict was announced against the police officer charged with murdering George Floyd a year ago. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.
Authorities have confirmed that the victim was shot by an officer and transported to Mount Carmel East hospital in critical condition but died from their injuries.
Upon arrival, police allegedly saw Ma'Khia with a knife in her hand and reportedly shot her four times in the chest. The decision to swiftly release the video was a departure from protocol as the force faces vast scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes.
Hundreds of protesters pushed past police barriers outside the headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside.
The video shows the teen quickly move toward another girl with what appears to be a knife and the girl falls to the ground.
Many chanted "Say her name", while others yelled "she was just a kid".
According to the New York Times, the incident occurred in southeast Columbus at around 4.45 pm, just minutes before Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd - a 46-year-old Black man whose death sparked one of the biggest protest movements in United States history. The outlet said the demonstrators were on their way to rally in downtown Columbus to celebrate the guilty verdict in the Minneapolis trial where the former officer in that case was found guilty on three charges, including murder.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted Tuesday evening, asking that residents "remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts".
He later said at the news conference: "We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community". "She was 15 years old". The caller reported a female was trying to stab them and then hung up.
As community members gathered in the neighborhood where the violence unfolded and outside police headquarters, police released segments of officers' body-worn camera video at a news conference late on Tuesday. After shoving one girl to the ground, she then turned and advanced on another girl who was standing near a parked vehicle.
The officer tells her to "get down" as she grapples with the woman in pink, who is leaning against the side of the vehicle and and trying to dodge her blade.
Woods said officers summoned a medic immediately and began CPR to Bryant. Around them, several more officers tape off the area as family and neighbors cry.
The officer will be taken off the street while an investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in the Ohio Attorney General's Office takes place, Woods added.