The foster mom to Ma’Khia Bryant revealed the reason behind the fight before the teen was gunned down by a police officer.
Barnes, 16, was shot four times by Columbus Officer Nick Reardon as she raised a knife to stab a woman during a fight on Tuesday.
Angela Moore said the fight started over an unmade bed. “It was over keeping the house clean,” she told CNN. “The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty.’ So that’s how it all started.”
Moore said the 16-year-old and two other girls brawled before police were called. Moore said she received a frantic phone call from a former foster daughter who is seen wearing pink and carrying a small dog in police body cam video.
Officer Reardon shot Bryant as she lunged to stab the woman. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The foster mother told CNN she started to pray and received text messages from people sending their condolences before she arrived at the group home.
Bryant’s mother Paula said she was a good girl who loved music, cooking and making TikTok videos. Bryant and her younger sister lived in the group home with other girls.
Neighbor Donavon Brinson who turned over home surveillance video to police said the shooting was justified.
Another neighbor, Ira Graham III, said he believes the police body cam footage shows Bryant was in “full attack mode” and “needed to be stopped.”
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