A police officer in Ohio accidentally shot a 4-year-old in the leg while responding to a call.
According to reports, a Columbus, Ohio, officer was following up on a case at the home of Whitehall resident Gary Parsley before the accident occurred. Parsley said that as the officer left his home, a woman who lived two houses down the street flagged him down.
“She was wanting medical attention for her sister,” Parsley said. “That’s why she called the guy over there.”
The officer followed the woman into her home and a few seconds later, Parsley heard a gunshot.
“I did hear the gunshot — it was very loud,” he said. “At first I thought maybe he’d shot the dog, because she was saying something about ‘Why would you try to shoot the dog?’ and he said something like the dog was attacking him, or something like that. Then, she started saying ‘You shot my kid!’”
As the officer was walking inside the woman’s home, a dog reportedly charged him. The officer attempted to fire a shot at the dog but missed and ended up shooting a 4-year-old in the leg.
“They brought the girl out,” police spokesperson Denise Alex-Bouzounis said. “She wasn’t on a stretcher. One of the paramedics was carrying her. She had a blanket around her and there was a little bit of blood on the blanket, but she seemed to be conscious. Her head was poking around [and] she wasn’t, like, screaming or crying that I could tell.”
Parsley told reporters that he’s not sure what prompted the officer to fire his gun in the first place.
“[The officer] was a big guy and they have tasers and clubs and stuff,” he said. “I don’t know why you would raise a gun. I really don’t agree with him just pulling his gun out and trying to shoot the dog.”
The child was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer who shot her is currently under internal investigation.
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