COLUMBUS—The Columbus police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant on Tuesday during a chaotic encounter has been identified by authorities as Nicholas Reardon, who’s been on the force for less than two years.
“I understand the outrage and emotion around this incident. A teenage girl is dead, and she’s dead at the hands of a police officer. Under any circumstances, that is a horrendous tragedy,” Columbus Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr said during a Wednesday press conference, where authorities also released several new body-camera videos of the incident and the initial 911 calls.
“But the video shows that there is more to this. It requires us to pause, take a close look at the sequence of events. And though it’s not easy, wait for the facts as determined by an independent investigation,” he added.
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