Nicholas Reardon named as cop who killed Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, as he’s put on paid leave during probe

THE white cop who allegedly killed a 16-year-old has been put on paid leave while the shooting is probed.

The teen, named by family as Ma'khia Bryant, was killed by a cop in Ohio moments before Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Graphic bodycam footage of the shooting was last night released by officials.

Cops say they were called to the scene by a person who said someone was trying to stab them at 4.32pm, with officers arriving on scene minutes later at 4.44pm

Video showed two girls arguing before a cop shouted "Get down" and began firing his weapon multiple times at one of them – just seconds after arriving on-scene.

The white cop, who was identified as Nicholas Reardon, has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate if his actions were justified, Police Chief Michael Woods told The Columbus Dispatch.

Reardon was hired by the force in December 2019.

It comes as:

  • Ma'khia Bryant, 16, was fatally shot by cops in Ohio after an altercation with two others
  • Celebrations erupted across the US after killer cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty
  • Daunte Wright cop told 'you're next b***h' as she is bombarded with threats after Chauvin verdict
  • Candace Owens tells Tucker Carlson Chauvin verdict was 'mob justice'
  • Moment Biden tell George Floyd's family 'thank God you have justice'

Hazel Bryant, who said she is Ma'khia's aunt, said her niece called police because she was being abused by someone at the foster home where she lived, The Daily Beast reported.

She told The Columbus Dispatch that her niece got into an altercation with someone else who lived at the same home.

Hazel claimed that Ma'khia had a knife – and although she dropped it, she was shot multiple times, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

"She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street," Bryant said, as reported by The Daily Beast.

Ma'khia's mom, Paula Bryant, described her daughter as a "sweet child" who was on the honor roll at school.

"She was a very loving, peaceful little girl," Paula Bryant told WBNS.

She added: "Ma'Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace."

"That's something that I want to always be remembered."

Police responded to reports of an attempted stabbing, WSYX reported.

A victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but was pronounced dead just before 5.30pm.

Social media reports initially said that the victim was a 15-year-old black female.

Video shared on social media apparently showed a person lying on the ground as police sood nearby.

The Columbus Police Department did not respond to The Sun to confirm details on the victim.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a series of tweets that details are not all known at this time, but cops were wearing body-cameras.

"This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details," Ginther said in a tweet.

"There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation . . .

"— as they do with all CPD-involved shootings," he continued in a separate tweet.

"We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available.

"I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts."

Officials with The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting.

Shortly after word of the shooting, protesters gathered in the area.

The shooting happened just as ex-Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

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