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Reports: Police shoot, kill teenage girl in Columbus

Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was at the scene Tuesday night on the city's southeast side, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Officers had responded to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl at about 4:45 p.m., the newspaper reported. The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, according to the Dispatch.

Hazel Washington is embraced after addressing a crowd with her anger at the Columbus Police at the shooting of her niece following a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 near Legion Lane on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. (Brooke LaValleyColumbus Dispatch via AP)

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Nobody else was injured, the newspaper reported.

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted. “We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible.”

Police who answered the department's phone and officers on scene were not immediately able to provide details to The Associated Press.

Shanise Washington talks to the crowd that had gathered with her anger at police response following a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 near Legion Lane on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. Police shot and killed a teenage girl, according to newspaper reports. Officers had responded to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl. (Brooke LaValleyColumbus Dispatch via AP)

A crowd had gathered Tuesday night at the scene on Legion Lane, which police had partially blocked off to traffic. Others gathered at the city's police headquarters to protest, a week after officers pepper-sprayed a group that tried to enter the headquarters over the police killing of a man who had a gun in a hospital emergency room.

The shooting happened about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.

Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years, said she knew the victim.

Demonstrators gather a the corner of Templar Street and Legion Lane following a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 near Legion Lane on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. Police shot and killed a teenage girl, according to newspaper reports. Officers had responded to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl. (Brooke LaValleyColumbus Dispatch via AP)

“The neighborhood has definitely went through its changes, but nothing like this,” Shepherd said of the shooting. “But this is the worst thing that has ever happened out here and unfortunately it is at the hands of police.”

Shepherd and her neighbor Jayme Jones, 51, had celebrated the guilty verdict of Chauvin. But things changed quickly, she said.

“We were happy about the verdict. But you couldn’t even enjoy that," Shepherd said. “Because as you’re getting one phone call that he was guilty, I’m getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighborhood.”

Associated Press journalist Ryan Kryska contributed to this report.

Farnoush Amiri is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.