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The Columbus police officer who fatally shot Ma'Khia Bryant is a military-trained marksman and son of a basic training sergeant.

Bryant, 16, was shot four times as she raised a knife to stab a woman outside a foster group home.

Audio of 911 calls released Wednesday included a female voice saying people are "trying to stab us, trying to put their hands on our grandma."

"We need a police officer over here now," the woman is heard saying. "We need a crisis officer over here now!"

One of the arriving officers was later identified as Nicholas "Nick" Reardon, a U.S. Air National Guardsman who received an expert marksman badge with an M4 Carbine.

Reardon yelled "What's going on?" as Bryant tried to stab a woman wearing a pink jumpsuit and holding a small dog.

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The officer shouted "Get down! Get down!" before firing four shots at Bryant.

Bryant collapsed to the ground and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A Twitter post, dated May 14, 2020, mentioned that a Sgt. Ed Reardon with 32 years in law enforcement was retiring after training 700 recruits at Columbus PD's Academy.

A commenter noted that "One of his son's [sic] is currently a Columbus Police recruit," referring to Officer Reardon.

Franklin County Children Services confirmed that Bryant was a foster child living in a foster home under the care of Franklin County Children Services.

Her aunt, Hazel Bryant, told The Dispatch that Bryant "got into an altercation with someone else at the home." Hazel said that Bryant dropped the knife before she was shot.

Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump tweeted that Bryant was "unarmed" when she was shot.

However, after reviewing the police body cam video, police and city officials determined the shooting was justified.

"It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It's a horrible, heartbreaking situation," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said Tuesday night. "The city of Columbus lost a [16-year-old] girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young [16-year-old] girl will never be coming home."

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation into Reardon's use of deadly force. Reardon has been taken off the streets while the investigation is ongoing.

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A decorated Navy veteran who was reported missing two years ago was found deceased in his DeSoto, Texas apartment last week. Police say he had been dead in his apartment for three years.

The family of Ronald Wayne White reported him missing three years ago. But police said there was nothing they could do because Mr. White was an adult who traveled extensively.

"My son would call me at least twice a month," his mom Doris Stevens told WFAA. "He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas," she said.

One day three years ago, the calls stopped. His mom said she became suspicious when she couldn't reach him on his birthday in April of 2017.

Stevens said she never heard from her son again.

"All them days, holidays, I just suffered. Because nobody wanted to help find him," Stevens told WFAA.

Then, last week, management at the DeSoto Town Center Apartments on East Pleasant Run Road, checked apartments where the residents were not using water.

Maintenance personnel forced open the door to unit 1320 on the third floor. They found White's skeletal remains on the floor of his kitchen. He was 51 at the time of his death.

The medical examiner determined the time of death was approximately three years ago.

"When the medical examiner told me three years, my knees gave away," Stevens said. "Three years? And that's what I can't get past in my brain. I can't get past three years. My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?"

Police said White's month-to-month lease and his other bills were paid through automatic withdrawals from his Navy retirement bank account. He had set up automatic payments because he traveled a lot.

White's apartment was relatively new construction, well-insulated and all the windows and doors were locked and sealed tight.

Approximately two years ago, a downstairs neighbor complained to management about a putrid liquid seeping through the ceiling.

Police said there was no sign of foul play in the apartment. "The way he was found, the way the apartment was arranged and so forth, there was zero indication of foul play," said Pete Schulte, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department.

White's family said he was a diabetic. Police found diabetic medication in the apartment. White was single, having divorced 20 years ago.

WFAA searched public records but were unable to find a Ronald White at the DeSoto address. Stevens said she didn’t know where White lived.

"It is sadness to see that a veteran, a decorated veteran, had to go out like this," said White's friend and fellow Navy veteran Jerry Hannon.