Ohio Cop Shoots At Family's Dog, Hits 4-Year-Old Girl Insteadby Cassandra Fairbanks
Jun. 22, 2015
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A 4-year-old girl is in the hospital tonight after being shot by a Columbus police officer who was only trying to kill the family dog.
The incident occurred Friday afternoon when a woman called the Ohio cop over for help with her sister who had cut herself.
The officer, who had been walking out of a home where he had been investigating a hit-and-run accident, made his way to the other family’s home.
But when he stood in the doorway, he claims the family dog came charging at him, so he pulled out his gun and fired, striking the child in the right leg.
It remains unclear if it was a direct shot or a ricochet. Her mother rushed her to the hospital where she is reportedly in stable condition. The officer’s name has not been released.
According to the Columbus Dispatch:
Neighbors say the officer walked back to his patrol car after the shooting.A neighbor and the girl's uncle identified her as Ava Ellis. The name of the officer has not yet been released.
Local media is already downplaying the injury, referring to a gunshot wound as a cut.
In January, Autumn Steele, a 34-year-old mother was killed by an Iowa police officer in front of her 4-year-old son as the officer was attempting to shoot their family pet.
Burlington police officer Jesse Hill began shooting at the dog, but fell backwards in the snow, continuing to shoot as he landed. One of the bullets pierced through Autumn's chest.
Hill was cleared in the shooting, but now Iowa State Senator Chuck Grassley is calling for a federal investigation.
According to an unofficial count done by an independent research group, Ozymandias Media, law enforcement in the United States shoots a dog every 98 minutes. If that statistic isn't enough for you to want to push for better training regarding the handling of animals, then maybe the collateral damage should be.
Earlier this week, we reported that a 6-year-old child mistakenly called 911 in San Francisco, resulting in officers responding and killing the family dog.