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Ohio Police Officer Attempts To Shoot A Dog, Shoots a 4-Year-Old Girl Instead

Columbus, OH — A four-year-old girl in the Whitehall neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio is in stable condition at a hospital after being shot by a police officer.

According to 10 TV, a police officer was responding to a call around 3pm Friday when a family in the vicinity started calling for medical help.

A woman had apparently cut herself and was in need of medical assistance.

As the officer was on his way to help an injured woman, a dog ran out from the residence. The police officer shot at the dog but missed. That bullet hit a four-year-old girl in the leg.

According to the Columbus Dispatch,

When the girl’s aunt called out to the officer, the officer walked over and Parsley returned to his house, when he heard a shot.

Neighbors say the officer walked back to his patrol car after the shooting.

“He seemed a little disoriented, like he was really bothered,” said Norman Jones, who called the police after hearing the shot.

The girl has been taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is in stable condition according to police, and the other injured woman was taken to Grant Hospital.

This just another horrific case of police negligence. Why can so many other professions come into contact with dogs without shooting at them? Earlier this year, a mother was killed by an Iowa police officer when he tried to shoot her dog and missed.

In both of these cases, the perceived “threat” to the officers’ lives, the dogs, were not shot. Nor did they have to be, as the officers in both cases were not attacked. However, innocent people were shot because these cops spook a little too easily.

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  • 2broke4 her

    cop should have shot the girls other leg.. this way he can be real proud of himself.. never point a firearm towards people you dont intend to shoot.. you can miss!! ooops, that is what they teach in gun safety classes.. maybe they dont teach that at the police academy’s..

  • Annie Cowan Brown

    If a dog is charging him and he shoots at the moving target and misses, that’s understandable. More dangerous dogs with irresponsible owners need to be taken out. Stop this Demonizing of police. They are human and put their lives on the line for you daily. Don’t be a crappy person.

    • TheTomato

      If the dog was “charging him” then why wasn’t he bitten after he missed and shot the girl?

      • Seth Williams

        The dog could of been spooked by the gun shot. Happens quite a bit.

    • Rod

      If you think an appropriate response to seeing a dog running your way in a residential area is to pull your gun and shoot it, just in case, you have no business being a police officer, or really even owning a gun.

      Until you acknowledge wrong actions taken by police, and stop trying to defend their every possible mistake, you’re only going to continue worsening the problem.

    • She did not call the police. He wasn’t there to help.

      • rafdelm

        “When the girl’s aunt called out to the officer, the officer walked over”…..

    • Nosille Nevets

      The police are not there to protect you, they are there to enforce the law. That’s why we call them “law enforcement” instead of “citizen protection”.

      If you are going to defend an occupation, make sure you know what the details of the job entail…it’ll make you look like less than an ignorant sheeple.

      • Er, LAPD motto?

      • wattersflores

        “To serve and protect.”

    • Millie

      There is no excuse to pull a gun on a dog – ANY dog. It’s not a grizzly bear or a mountain lion, it’s a DOG. For several decades, my father delivered mail (walking route) in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city where rotties and pits were in abundance. He was never attacked or bit by a dog. NEVER. Guess what did the trick:


      Plain pepper spray. There is never a reason to shoot a dog. Cops today have weird hard-ons for putting a bullet in something, not to mention a lot of them have terrible aim. I’m sorry, but if you can’t even hit your ‘target’ you should turn in your badge and get rid of all your guns. We should not have incompetent cops who freak out over a damn dog.

    • Robert Russ

      I misread your middle name as coward…..or did I?

    • Patrick McMillen

      Annie, people like you are why cops continue to kill at will with no fear of repercussions, you have given them a licence to kill.

  • Jackie Ray

    SHould be charged with assualt with a deadly weopon.