Neighbors of the Columbus, Ohio, foster home where Ma’Khai Bryant attacked a girl with a knife on Tuesday said the teen’s death at the hands of police ended a situation where other lives were at risk.
“If the officer hadn’t done what he did, I think we’d have two girls dead,” said Donavon Brinson, who lives across the street from the house and saw the incident through the video footage recorded by his home security system, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
“It was violent and all just happened so fast,” he said.
Brinson said he was aware of an argument brewing.
“They were calling each other the B-word, so I figured it was just a girl fight,” Brinson said, according to The Dispatch.
While he was in the backyard with his dog, he said, the yelling escalated. He went back inside and was there when Officer Nicholas Reardon arrived.
Video from Reardon’s