4yo Ohio girl takes police bullet meant for dog

Reuters / Shannon Stapleton

Reuters / Shannon Stapleton

A police officer following up on a hit-and-run case in Columbus, Ohio, heard screams coming from a neighbor panicked by a medical emergency. On responding, he was accosted by the family dog and in the struggle accidentally shot a young girl in the leg.

The mishap occurred on Friday when a Columbus police officer
missed the dog and hit the girl in the right leg.

They were carrying her, she had a blanket around her, there
was some blood, she obviously was conscious, she wasn’t even
” Gary Parsley, who lives a few doors down, told WTTE Fox 28.

The police officer responsible, who remains unnamed, is receiving
psychological counseling.

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Parsley was the man the police had wanted to interview. He had
just been discharged from the hospital after recuperating for two
weeks following a hit-and-run accident and the police officer had
come to get a statement. As the officer went to check something
on the computer in his car, a neighbor started screaming because
of a medical emergency. The police officer was responding to
these screams when the unfortunate incident took place.

When he goes to help out, a dog charges him, he fires one
shot misses the dog, hits the four-year-old in the le
Denise Alex-Bouzounis of the Columbus Police told WTTE.

A heavy police presence was called in as Columbus police began
their investigation into the shooting.

I was upset when I thought they shot the dog,” Parsley
said, describing how he felt when he arrived on the scene. He
became even more alarmed, however, when he heard the girl’s
mother yell at the cop “You shot my kid!

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The little Ohio girl is in stable condition at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital. She is expected to fully recover from the
bullet meant for her furry guard. The dog wasn’t hurt.

Police say the officer will receive mandated psychological
support counseling and can take leave time to recover from the
traumatic experience.

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