Family: 15-year-old girl shot, killed by police in Columbus, Ohio

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Police in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed a black teenage girl on Tuesday after confronting her while responding to a report of an attempted stabbing, according to authorities and the youngster's family.

The outlet said the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said, adding that it remains unclear whether anyone else was injured. "She was loving", Hazel, who said the child was her niece, told reporters at the scene, according to The Daily Beast. At another point of the video, you can see a knife on the ground.

During a council committee hearing Tuesday evening that allowed members to meet nominees for a new police civilian review board to investigate officers' uses of force, Council president Shannon Hardin announced that there had been another police shooting. He said the investigation still needs to be completed to determine if the actions of the officers were justified.

In a tweet, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed a "young woman" was shot and killed during an officer-involved shooting, but Ginther did not give her age.

Woods said emergency dispatch received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, police said.

Arriving police encountered a chaotic scene of several people on the front lawn where the teenager in question, brandishing a knife, charged toward one female who falls backwards, then lunged at a second female, the video showed.

As he approaches a group of people standing and shouting on the driveway, he asks, "What's going on?" Bodycam footage shows that after witnessing the fight for about six seconds, an officer fired four shots at Bryant.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Bryant family. Around them, several more officers tape off the area as family and neighbors cry.

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The Ohio Department of Investigation is looking into the fatal incident.

Woods said that under the Columbus Police Department's policy, officers can use deadly force to protect themselves or a third person.

Pettus said if the law was broken the police officer will be held accountable. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. But they noted the footage they shared with the media had been edited and was incomplete.

Woods said the department must follow the OH law on public records before it can share the full video. He said that process should be completed and the video will be released Wednesday. They will also release other details of the shooting and the officers involved, he said.

Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. urged the public to be patient as the investigation continues, and city officials again called for peace. "They deserve answers. Our city deserves answers".

"Fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers", Pettus told a late news conference with the police chief and mayor.

Bryant's mother described her daughter as "an honor roll student and a sweet child", WBNS reported. "She had a knife", the officer who fired his weapon said in response to onlookers' yells.

This is a developing story. Some facts reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong.

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