Girl, 4, Accidentally Shot By Cop: 'Mommy, Am I Gonna Die?'

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a Columbus, Ohio, police officer while he tried to help her injured mother.

"She asked me several times, 'Mommy, am I gonna die?'" Andrea Ellis told Inside Edition.

The incident occurred in June of this year when Ellis cut her arm on a piece of glass and was in need of assistance.

Her sister called 911 for help.

“She's bleeding all over the place!" her sister said during the call. "I need a paramedic!"

The officer was in the area responding to a separate call and Andrea's sister called out to him, saying she had injured herself. When he approached the doorway of the home, the family’s dog, a Boxer-Terrier mix named Patches, charged at him.

The officer fired at the dog once, but missed the animal and instead struck 4-year-old Ava Ellis in the right leg.

Norman Jones, a neighbor, called the police after hearing the shot fired.

“My neighbor across the street had an officer at her door and she’s screaming that he shot a child,” Jones said.

First responders were on the scene within minutes.

After the shooting, the officer walked back to his patrol car.

“He seemed a little disoriented, like he was really bothered,” Jones said, according to Dispatch.

Ava was treated for her injury and, aside from a large scar, is recovering.

Columbus police told Inside Edition they are “grateful to learn that [Ava’s] healing is under way” after she was “unintentionally shot.”

Sources: Inside Edition, Dispatch / Photo credit: CBS News/Twitter