Reporters think cops can shoot knives out of peoples hands

Columbus Interim police chief Michael Woods defended the shooting of teenager Ma'Khia Bryant (Columbus.gov/ Twitter)
Columbus Interim police chief Michael Woods defended the shooting of teenager Ma'Khia Bryant (Columbus.gov/ Twitter)

Social media erupted in scorn Wednesday after a reporter asked Columbus, Ohio, Police Chief Michael Woods whether a responding officer could have shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in the arm or leg.

Bryant was pronounced dead Tuesday night after she was shot by police while attacking two females with a knife.

Columbus police released footage from the body camera of the officer who shot Bryant Tuesday night. Footage from the other officers on the scene was released at a second briefing Wednesday afternoon.

“Can an officer shoot the leg, can they shoot somewhere that would not result in a fatal wound?” asked an unidentified reporter at one point, after noting that observers have asked the same question.

“One of the difficult things with that is … we don’t train to shoot the leg because that’s a small target,” Woods explained. “We train to shoot center mass, what is available to stop that threa … There was a deadly force threat that was going on, so the officer is trained to shoot center mass.”….

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