The officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant as she lunged at two individuals with a knife is a 23-year-old who had been on the pressure for 16 months, in response to a personnel file obtained by Fox Information.
The Columbus Police Division recognized the officer concerned within the capturing as Nicholas Reardon on Wednesday.
Reardon, who turns 24 subsequent month, joined the Columbus police pressure in December 2019. He then underwent a one-year probationary interval, throughout which new officers are supervised and show their on-the-job capabilities.
On Dec. 14 of final yr, Reardon’s probationary standing ended. Simply 4 months after that, he was referred to as to east Columbus on a report of an tried stabbing, which was the scene of the deadly capturing on Tuesday.
The primary 911 name got here in at four:32 p.m., with a feminine telling the dispatcher, “[indistinguishable]…attempting to battle us, attempting to stab us, attempting to place their arms on our grandma. Get right here now.”
As Reardon pulled up the scene and acquired out of his automobile, Bryant may be seen on bodycam and surveillance footage lunging at one girl with an obvious knife. Bryant then turns and lunges at a second girl with the weapon raised, at which level Officer Reardon fired 4 photographs, fatally hanging her.
The 23-year-old additionally has army coaching as a member of the U.S. Air Power Nationwide Guard, in response to native media reviews.
He graduated from primary army coaching at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in 2016, in response to the native Columbia media outlet This Week Group Information.
The bottom didn’t reply to a request for remark Thursday.
In Reardon’s personnel file, he marked “sure” beneath having “a relationship as outlined within the Metropolis’s Nepotism Coverage,” that means he has a member of the family or enterprise affiliate who additionally works for the town of Columbus.
The id of this particular person is redacted in Reardon’s personnel file. Nonetheless, in Might of 2020, the Columbus Division of Police congratulated a retiring sergeant who’s reportedly associated to Reardon.
The put up famous that the retiring sergeant’s son “is presently a Columbus Police recruit.” This was on the time when Reardon was in his probationary interval to turn out to be a police officer.
Reardon has been positioned on administrative depart pending an investigation.