Ma'Khia Bryant's neighbor says more people could have died if cop didn't shoot teen as she was in 'full attack mode'

A NEIGHBOR of a girl killed by cops on Tuesday has claimed more people could have died if the officer didn’t shoot as the 16-year-old was in "full attack mode."

He claims that another woman's "life was at stake" if they didn't act to stop Ma’Khia Bryant, who cops said was wielding a knife.

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Protests have erupted nationwide over the police shooting of the Ohio teen outside of her foster home as she was engaged in a violent altercation with a group of women. 

New footage from a neighbor shows the moments leading up to the cops arrival at the Columbus home, as the women fought before white police officer Nicholas Reardon shot the black teen dead.  

Donavon Brinson told The Columbus Dispatch that he had pulled into his driveway when he noticed a commotion among some girls outside the opposite house. 

"They were calling each other the B-word, so I figured it was just a girl fight," Brinson said.



He said things had escalated when he took out his dog so he went back inside. 

Brinson heard four shots as the Columbus police arrived, he told the Dispatch. 

He claimed he saw Bryant shot and dying on the ground after peaking out a window. 

The neighbor added that he quickly thought of the surveillance footage outside his home and has since handed over a 26-second video to the police. 

“It was violent and all just happened so fast,” Brinson said. 

He claimed that more people would have died if the officer didn’t shoot. 



Another neighbor, Ira Graham III, claimed that Bryant was in “full attack mode” when officers arrived. 

“I saw a bunch of cop cars coming down the street,” he said. 

“I believe in truth and facts. Video doesn’t lie. She was in full attack mode.” 

Graham claimed he saw cops give Bryant CPR but it was only later that he saw a video of her actions before the shooting. 

He said he believes she was “literally aiming a knife at this young lady,” referencing a female in pink seen in both body cam footage and Brinson’s surveillance video. 

“She needed to be stopped at that point. That young lady’s life was at stake,” Graham added.

Other neighbors questioned why the officer had to shoot rather than use his taser.

“He should have told her to put down the knife,” Tommy Taylor said. 



Kayla Cobb, 23,  also said she left flowers at the scene because Bryant “was a baby.” 

Bryant's death has caused outrage beyond the community of Columbus.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Wednesday night to demonstrate against the police shooting of the teen. 

Officer Reardon shot her just momenst before ex-Minenapolis cop FDeek Chaycin was found guilty of the murder of black man Geotrge Floyd. 

Officials with the Columbus Division of Police released bodycam footage of the incident on Tuesday night, just hours after the shooting.

In the graphic video, two girls can be seen arguing before a cop, later identified as Reardon, shouts "Get down" and then fires his weapon four times – just seconds after arriving on scene.

Bryant immediately collapses in the road next to a parked car. She was later pronounced dead in hospital.



Police said Bryant was lunging at the other girl with a knife at the time Reardon opened fire.

What appears to be a black-handled blade – similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife – is seen laying on the ground next to her body.

A male bystander is heard shouting at the officer, "you didn't have to shoot her! She's just a kid, man".

Reardon responds: "She had a knife. She just went at her."

Reardon, who joined the force in 2019, has since been placed on paid leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Bryant was in foster care with Franklin County Children's Services at the time of her death.

Her family claims it was Bryant who had called police on Tuesday, because she was being abused by someone at the foster home.

Bryant’s foster mother told the Dispatch that she was at work at the time of the shooting and offered no further comment.  

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