Ta’Kiya Young, 21, hailing from Columbus, met an untimely demise following a shooting on August 24. The incident occurred outside a grocery store located in the suburban Blendon Township.
Tragically, his unborn daughter did not survive. According to the police, Young, who was suspected of shoplifting, tragically lost his life after allegedly accelerating his vehicle in the direction of a law enforcement officer.
According to the family’s attorney, Sean Walton, the police department deliberately delayed the release of the body camera video in order to reduce the media’s focus on potentially incriminating footage. Despite multiple attempts to reach him, Walton did not promptly respond to telephone messages from The Associated Press, who were seeking further comment.
According to Blendon Township Police Chief John Belford, the reason for the delay in processing the video and redacting specific images was attributed to the limited size of the staff and their efforts to comply with Ohio law. According to the individual, the family will have the opportunity to review the video prior to its public release.
In an Aug. 25 video statement, the police chief provided a concise overview of the shooting incident. According to the chief, two officers were assisting an individual with gaining access to a locked vehicle when they were alerted by a supermarket employee about multiple individuals leaving with stolen items.
According to an employee who noticed her sitting in her car in the parking lot, Young was among those present.
According to the individual, the family will have the opportunity to review the video prior to its public release. In an Aug. 25 video statement, the police chief provided a concise update on the shooting incident.
According to the chief, two officers were assisting an individual in gaining access to a locked vehicle when they were approached by a supermarket employee. The employee informed them that multiple individuals were exiting the store with stolen items.
According to an employee who noticed her sitting in her car in the parking lot, Young was among those present. According to the chief, the officer positioned directly in the path of the oncoming car discharged a single round through the front windscreen.
According to the body camera footage I reviewed, it has been confirmed that the officer was directly in the path of the car. Further details about the times Young was shot have not been provided by the police. In a dramatic turn of events, the car managed to cover a distance of approximately 15 metres before coming to a halt on the sidewalk right in front of the bustling grocery store.
According to Belford, the officers took action by breaking the car window, extracting her from the vehicle, and promptly administering medical aid. An emergency room doctor, who happened to be present at the scene, also assisted in the process.
The identities of the two officers, including their names, ages, and races, have not been disclosed at this time. In a standard procedure following cases involving the use of deadly force by the police, the individuals involved have been placed on paid administrative leave. This decision comes as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducts an examination into the shooting incident.
In November, Young was anticipated to welcome the arrival of a daughter. In addition, she was the mother of two young children, aged 6 and 3. Nearly $7,000 has been raised through an online campaign aimed at covering the funeral expenses of the deceased individual. In a touching display of love and remembrance, family and friends gathered for a private vigil to honour the memory of Young, one day after her tragic passing.
The atmosphere was filled with both sorrow and solace as balloons were released into the sky and candles were lit, each one bearing the heartfelt message “RIP Kiya.” According to her grandmother, Nadine Young, the granddaughter is known for her strong family values and sense of humour. She is described as a caring older sister and mother.
Nadine Young expressed her excitement about welcoming a little girl during a news conference held on Wednesday. The woman, who already has two young children, expressed great enthusiasm for the arrival of her newborn daughter.
In a heartfelt statement, it was expressed that there will be a profound sense of loss in the wake of her departure. In a sombre tone, she expressed her distress, stating, “I find myself in a state of disarray due to the sheer tragedy of the situation. However, it is important to note that this unfortunate event should never have occurred in the first place.”