Columbus cop who fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, is an expert Air National Guard marksman

  • Nicholas Reardon shot Bryant at around 4.45pm on Tuesday on the 3100 block of Legion Lane while responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing 
  • Reardon, a graduate of Bishop Watterson Catholic school in Columbus, was a member of the school’s wrestling team 
  • While he attended Air Force basic combat training, the school posted updates on his progress  
  • Reardon graduated from basic combat training in August 2017 before attending the military’s Security Forces Tech School at Lackland Air Force Base 
  •  The Security Forces Academy teaches a 65-day course where students learn the basic functions of serving as military police
  • His alma mater’s Twitter account said he earned the expert marksman badge for the M4A1 Carbine fully automatic assault rifle used by the military

The Columbus cop who fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl, is in the Air National Guard where he earned ‘expert marksman’ badge, it has been revealed.

Nicholas Reardon shot Bryant at around 4.45pm on Tuesday on the 3100 block of Legion Lane while responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing. Bryant was allegedly seen charging at another girl with the knife before she was shot.

The shooting came after a court in Minneapolis, Minnesota found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three charges including murder for the death of George Floyd. Bryant’s death sparked protests while others around the country celebrated the Chauvin verdict.