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Coroner releases autopsy report on Ohio teen shot by police

August 16, 2021 GMT
A man adjusts a sign near a memorial at the scene in the Columbus, Ohio neighborhood Friday, April 23, 2021 where 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by police as she swung at two other people with a knife on Tuesday, April 20. Three Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care circumstances leading up to the fatal police shooting of Bryant. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with Oregon Rep. Ron Wyden, penned a letter Tuesday, June 1, 2021 on behalf of Bryant’s parents, requesting for the federal agency to look into the teen’s experience through the foster care system. (AP Photo/Farnoush Amiri)
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A man adjusts a sign near a memorial at the scene in the Columbus, Ohio neighborhood Friday, April 23, 2021 where 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by police as she swung at two other people with a knife on Tuesday, April 20. Three Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care circumstances leading up to the fatal police shooting of Bryant. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with Oregon Rep. Ron Wyden, penned a letter Tuesday, June 1, 2021 on behalf of Bryant’s parents, requesting for the federal agency to look into the teen’s experience through the foster care system. (AP Photo/Farnoush Amiri)
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A man adjusts a sign near a memorial at the scene in the Columbus, Ohio neighborhood Friday, April 23, 2021 where 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by police as she swung at two other people with a knife on Tuesday, April 20. Three Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care circumstances leading up to the fatal police shooting of Bryant. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with Oregon Rep. Ron Wyden, penned a letter Tuesday, June 1, 2021 on behalf of Bryant’s parents, requesting for the federal agency to look into the teen’s experience through the foster care system. (AP Photo/Farnoush Amiri)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio coroner on Monday released autopsy results in the case of a 16-year-old girl shot and killed by police earlier this year.

Ma’Kiah Bryant was shot in April by Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon as she swung a knife at a young woman, just seconds after pushing another woman to the ground. Bryant was Black and Reardon is white. Police were responding to a 911 call made from Bryant’s foster home about a group of girls threatening to stab members of the household.

Bryant was shot four times and died from her injuries, according to the report from the office of Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, confirming earlier accounts from police.

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The coroner listed the cause of death as a homicide — a medical determination used in cases where someone has died at someone else’s hand, but not a legal finding. It doesn’t imply criminal intent.

Bryant’s killing further heightened tensions in Ohio’s capital city over fatal police shootings of Black people, and also cast a light on the state’s foster care system.