Ma’Khia Bryant’s neighbor says his security camera footage shows cop had no choice but to shoot her

Home security footage has captured a new angle of the shooting of Ma’khia Bryant as a neighbor said he believes more people could have been killed if the officer hadn’t shot the 16-year-old black girl dead in Columbus, Ohio.

The 26-second video gives a glimpse into the moments leading up to Tuesday’s fatal incident as a girl – later identified as Bryant – is seen walking down a driveway toward other people at the very same time that a police car pulls up outside the home.

Bryant then appears to suddenly charge at another person in the driveway. What happened next was seen on police body camera footage released Wednesday. 

The new footage was captured on a security camera on the garage of the home of Donavon Brinson across the street, who said the incident ‘was violent and all just happened so fast.’  

Questions continue to mount over the shooting and the events leading up to it, as cops released a 911 call Wednesday thought to have been made by the 16-year-old minutes before she died, in which she asks the dispatcher to send a police officer ‘now’ as some girls are ‘trying to stab us.’

Bryant’s family say she made the 911 call after a group of other girls were threatening violence, but police are yet to confirm she made the call.

Columbus Police released three body camera videos in a press conference Wednesday as the cop who fired the four shots that killed the 16-year-old was identified as Nicholas Reardon, who had been on the force a little over a year. 

In the footage, Bryant is seen holding a knife and charges at two other young women. She appears to be lunging at the second woman with the knife when Reardon opened fire.

The killing of the black girl has sparked protests over police brutality and systematic racism, coming just minutes before white former cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd and as another Columbus cop is charged with murder for the December killing of Andre Hill.   

Home security footage has captured a new angle of the shooting of Ma’khia Bryant as a neighbor said he believes more people could have been killed if the officer hadn’t shot the 16-year-old black girl dead in Columbus, Ohio

The 26-second video shows the moments leading up to Tuesday's fatal incident as a girl - later identified as Bryant (pictured) - is seen walking down a driveway toward other people at the very same time that a police car pulls up outside the home

The 26-second video shows the moments leading up to Tuesday’s fatal incident as a girl – later identified as Bryant (pictured) – is seen walking down a driveway toward other people at the very same time that a police car pulls up outside the home

Brinson told the Columbus Dispatch he believes the cop had no choice but to shoot Bryant after watching his home security footage of the altercation.

‘It was violent and all just happened so fast,’ he said.   

The footage, which is from much further away than the bodycam footage released by police, shows a young woman dressed in pink and another dressed in dark clothing at the end of the driveway across the street next to a car.

A small group of people are also seen in the road and at least one person in dark clothing further up the driveway.

At this point, an individual in a light-colored top and dark pants is seen emerging from the home.

They appear to be lightly jogging at first before slowing to a walk as they come down the driveway. 

This person is followed by Bryant who also walks down the driveway. 

The young woman in pink and the person on the driveway are in front of them on the driveway. 

Simultaneously, a police car is seen driving into view and pulling up by the side of the road. 

An officer – now known to be Reardon – gets out of the vehicle and walks toward the group. 

Bryant and the other person from the home appear to be standing still facing the other two people, while a few other people are stood around. 

The woman in pink moves back toward the car in front of the driveway.  

Bryant appears to suddenly charge at one of the women who then falls to the ground. 

Columbus police on Wednesday released additional body camera video showing 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant lunging at another young woman with a knife before she is fatally shot by a police officer. One of the alleged victims is seen sitting on the ground as Bryant is shot

Columbus police on Wednesday released additional body camera video showing 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant lunging at another young woman with a knife before she is fatally shot by a police officer. One of the alleged victims is seen sitting on the ground as Bryant is shot 

Officer Nicholas Reardon (blurred left) is seen holding his gun after shooting Bryant as people at the scene screamed at him

Officer Nicholas Reardon (blurred left) is seen holding his gun after shooting Bryant as people at the scene screamed at him 

A second video from a responding officer showed people running off after the shooting

A second video from a responding officer showed people running off after the shooting 

Reardon and the woman in pink rush toward the two women but Bryant moves away and then appears to push the woman in pink against the parked car. 

It is not clear what led Bryant to charge at the girls at that point or what led to the altercation in the first place.  

Brinson said he had witnessed the chaotic scene leading up to the shooting as he drove up to his driveway Tuesday afternoon. 

He noticed a commotion going on outside the foster home across the street and initially thought ‘it was just a girl fight,’ he told the Dispatch.  

Brinson said he wasn’t concerned by what he saw at the time.

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

He said the situation seemed to have escalated when he took his dog out soon after. 

Brinson said he went inside and was in the home with his wife Rachel when the police arrived and they heard four gunshots. 

He recounted his wife hitting the floor while he looked out the window of his laundry room and saw Bryant lying on the ground dying.

It was only when he watched his home security footage, which has been handed over to police, that he said he thinks more people might have died had the officer not taken action.

He said neither he nor his father, who lived in the property for 14 years before he moved in in December, had seen anything like that happen before.

The woman who ran the foster home has taken in many children over the years and there has never been any violent incidents, he said.  

The video also showed another officer arriving to the scene and preparing to render aid to Bryant who was sprawled out on the cement

The video also showed another officer arriving to the scene and preparing to render aid to Bryant who was sprawled out on the cement

As the officer tried to help Bryant, she is heard gasping for breath. The officer is seen trying to find the entry wounds of the bullets when the video ends

As the officer tried to help Bryant, she is heard gasping for breath. The officer is seen trying to find the entry wounds of the bullets when the video ends

A third video shows the view from Reardon's body camera. He's seen arriving on the scene of the fight at 4.44pm on Tuesday, and encountering several people fighting outside (pictured)

A third video shows the view from Reardon’s body camera. He’s seen arriving on the scene of the fight at 4.44pm on Tuesday, and encountering several people fighting outside (pictured) 

A slowed-down version of the video from the body camera of the officer who shot Bryant shows the teen holding a knife in her right hand and raising it toward a woman in a neon track suitMoments later, four gunshots ring out

A slowed-down version of the video from the body camera of the officer who shot Bryant shows the teen holding a knife in her right hand and raising it toward a woman in a neon track suit. Moments later, four gunshots ring out 

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