Ohio police shoot dead black teenage girl

Columbus police shoot dead black teenage girl
Police have sealed off the scene of the shooting, and an investigation is now under way. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: An Ohio police officer has shot dead a black teenage girl while responding to an attempted stabbing call.

The shooting happened in the state capital Columbus at about 16:45 local time on Tuesday, according to Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

Columbus police later released bodycam footage of the incident, showing several people attacking a person before the girl was shot several times.

An inquiry about the incident is under way, with officials urging local residents to remain calm.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted: “This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details.”

He added: “We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available.”

The Ohio police received a 911 call at 4:35 p.m. local time about an attempted stabbing on the 3100 block of Legion Lane, which is located north of Chatterton Road. The caller reported a female was trying to stab them, then the caller hung up.

Police said Columbus Fire medics were cleared to come into the scene at 4:46 p.m.

According to police, the wounded person was transported in critical condition to Mount Carmel East hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m.

The shooting in Columbus happened shortly before a jury found ex Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder over the death of African-American George Floyd last year.

Derek Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Black American Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest last May.

The widely watched footage sparked protests across the US and the world against racism and excessive use of force by police.

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