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An investigation is ongoing after a Columbus, Ohio police officer responded to a family’s call for help and, instead of helping, accidentally shot a 4-year old girl while attempting to shoot their dog.
Andrea Ellis had cut herself on some broken glass inside her Columbus home. Bleeding profusely and in need of medical care, her sister called 911. Coincidentally, officer Jonathon Thomas was already in the neighborhood, on an unrelated call, so she called out to him for help.
When the Officer Thomas approached the home, the family dog, Patches, a Boxer mix, reportedly charged the officer, who drew his gun and fired.
The officer missed, shooting Andrea’s 4-year old daughter, Ava, in the leg instead.
“She asked me several times, ‘Mommy, am I gonna die?'” Andrea Ellis told INSIDE EDITION.
Ava is expected to recover, although physical and emotional scars are likely to remain.
Thomas’ actions are currently under investigation. It is unknown whether he will be disciplined.