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Officer’s Gunshot Misses Dog, Injures 9-Year Old Girl

While attempting to shoot a charging dog, a Wichita officer’s gunshot missed the pup and, instead, injured a 9-year old girl standing nearby.


Wichita Police Officer Paul Cruz was placed on administrative leave after he attempted to shoot a dog that he says charged at him inside a home. His shot missed the dog and fragments of the bullet struck a 9-year old girl in the forehead just above her right eye.

According to a police statement, officers responded to the home following a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute and a suicidal man inside the home with a gun.

The 33-year old man, a woman, and 4 children were inside the home when Officer Cruz went into a bedroom to retrieve the gun from beneath a pillow on the bed. That’s when, he says, the medium-sized, mixed-breed dog charged at him.

The officer then fired a single gunshot at the dog and missed. The bullet struck a hard floor and broke apart, ricocheting and striking the young girl. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released later that evening.

Following protocol, Officer Cruz was placed on administrative leave. The case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office in addition to an internal review to determine if department policies were followed.

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