A slow-motion screengrab appears to show the knife, which is hard to spot in the real-time video.
Others have said that Ma'Khia was using the knife to defend herself because the other girls were attempting to harm her.
The teenager immediately collapses against the parked vehicle and onto the ground, and the weapon, which appears to be a kitchen-style knife, is seen lying on the pavement near her as an officer crouches at her side to render medical aid.
"What's going on?" he repeatedly asks in the video, as Bryant struggles first with one woman and then another. A knife can be seen laying on the ground near her as the emergency responders attempted to treat her.
As the officer approaches her, a knife can be seen close to her.
"She was a good kid".
The officer responds, "She had a knife. She just went at her".
The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
It's unclear whether anyone else was injured. It sparked protests across the USA, and Chauvin's fellow officers took the extraordinary step of testifying against him.
Police Chief Woods added that the officer in question has been taken off the streets by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) while an investigation takes place. Woods later added that state investigators viewed police footage from Tuesday afternoon's shooting before he did.
Ma'Khia Bryant: 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Columbus Police
The aunt said the teen had called police as well as some relatives for help, and then armed herself with a knife for protection. Ginther added, "BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation as they do with all CPD-involved shootings ".
Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther said: "We know, based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community". The incident on Tuesday, he said, showed that the Chauvin verdict had changed little in Columbus.
Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in OH shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation.
The officer who opened fire was not identified but appears from the video to be white. The next hearing in that case is scheduled for April 28.
I am at a total loss of words over the tragic killing of 16-year-old Ma'khia Bryant by the Columbus Police. The case remains under federal investigation.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting.
"She was a child".
In a news conference on Tuesday evening, the Columbus Police Department said that the girl had threatened two others with a knife before she was shot. Floyd's death in May 2020 sparked several months of protest against systemic racism and police brutality. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene, and we will update as the situation develops. As he crossed the sidewalk, a group of people could be heard yelling, with a small crowd gathered in a driveway. "But this is the worst thing that has ever happened out here and unfortunately it is at the hands of police". "She was loving", Hazel Bryant said, according to The Daily Beast.
"We were happy about the verdict, but you couldn't even enjoy that", Ms Shepherd said.
"It certainly does put in stark view what you have been called to do in our community, each and every one of you: to provide oversight, accountability and transparency when it comes to policing in our community", he said.