Officials from the police department in a suburb of Columbus said that a pregnant woman was fatally shot by officers in an Ohio supermarket’s parking lot when she drove her car towards an officer.
Ta’Kiya Young (21), a Columbus resident, died in Blendon on Thursday evening.
Blendon Police Chief John Belford stated that a supermarket employee informed officers, who were in the store for a different reason, that several people were fleeing the store with items. Young was allegedly in possession of multiple bottles alcohol. Belford reported that one officer told Young to stop her car while the other stood in front.
Belford stated that Young put the car into gear and began to accelerate forward. The officer in front of the vehicle fired a shot through the windshield. Young’s vehicle then drove about 50 feet, before stopping on the sidewalk in front of the store.
She was declared dead shortly after. Her family told The Columbus Dispatch that Young was due to deliver in November. Her unborn child did not survive. Young had two sons aged 6 and 3 years old.
Belford stated that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation leads the investigation into this fatal shooting.
The names of both officers, and other information about them – including their age and race – have not been revealed. Belford explained that the officers are on paid leave as an investigation is conducted. This is standard practice in incidents of this nature.
It was not clear on Monday when the video from police body cameras would be released.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Young’s family has many questions regarding the shooting. They are particularly curious as to why she was deemed a deadly threat.
Nadine Young told the newspaper that her granddaughter had stolen something from the shop. “You didn’t need to shoot her; she would eventually have gotten out of… the car.” You didn’t need to kill the woman and her baby.”