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.”