Makiah Bryant shooting – Cop 'kills black girl, 16, wielding a knife' in Columbus just as Chauvin verdict is delivered

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl was "fatally shot by police" as Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict was revealed on Tuesday.

The police-involved shooting happened in Ohio just before Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.

The victim's family identified her to WBNS as 16-year-old Makiah Bryant.

Hazel Bryant, who said she is Makiah's aunt, said her niece called police because she was being abused by someone at the foster home where she lived, The Daily Beast reported.

Hazel told The Columbus Dispatch that her niece got into an altercation with someone else who lived at the same home that she did.

She said she had a knife – and although she dropped it, Makiah was shot multiple times, Hazel claimed to The Columbus Dispatch.

"She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street," Bryant said, as reported by The Daily Beast.

Mother Paula Bryant described her daughter as a "sweet child" who was on the honor roll at school, WBNS reported.

Police responded to reports of an attempted stabbing just before 3.45pm, WSYX reported.

A victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, according to the outlet.

The person was pronounced dead just before 5.30pm, WSYX reported.

Social media reports initially said that the victim was a 15-year-old black female.

The Columbus Police Department did not respond to The Sun to confirm details on the victim.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a series of tweets that details are not all known at this time, but cops were wearing body-cameras.

"This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details," Ginther said in a tweet.

"There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation . . .

"— as they do with all CPD-involved shootings," he continued in a separate tweet.

"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."

Officials with The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting.

Shortly after word of the shooting, protesters gathered in the area.

The shooting happened just as ex-Minnesota cop Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

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