In Columbus, the Franklin County Coroner has officially ruled Ma’Khia Bryant’s death a homicide.
The 16-year-old was shot four times and killed by Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon in April. The determination of homicide means Bryant’s death was caused by another person, but the ruling is not a criminal one.
Body camera footage released by the Columbus Police Department appears to show Bryant wielding a knife while going after another person at the scene. Reardon’s camera shows the officer fire his gun four times before Bryant fell to the ground.
Now, a grand jury will decide whether to charge Reardon. The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office released the following statement on Monday afternoon (August 16), WCMH-TV reports:
“The autopsy report of Ma’Khia Bryant was released today by the office of Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz. Earlier this summer, this matter was assigned to Special Prosecutors H. Tim Merkle and Gary Shroyer as the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney serves as legal counsel for Franklin County Children Services. Prosecutor Tyack continues his commitment to the community to ensure transparency and justice in each case that comes to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Tyack has complete confidence in Mr. Merkle and Mr. Shroyer and their talent, experience, and professional ethics. We will continue to keep the community apprised of the status of this matter as events warrant.”