The mother of an Ohio child shot by a Columbus police officer, says her daughter was hit in the leg after the cop fired at one of the families dogs.
Andrea Ellis says her daughter Ava, who was 4-years-old at the time of the June 19 incident, endured a gunshot wound that “shattered the bone” in her right leg from a bullet fired by an officer identified as Jonathan Thomas.
Ellis had accidentally cut herself on some glass and her sister was on the phone with 911 when she spied Thomas, who was responding to a different call in the neighborhood.
After Ellis’ sister cried out for the officers help, Thomas approached the home, and one of the families two dogs – a boxer-terrier mix named Patches – ran at him. He fired a single shot, striking 4-year-old Ava.
Neighbors then called 911.
After paramedics arrived, “they had started to cut her pants off her and I just see blood everywhere,” Ellis said. “She asked me several times, ‘Mommy, am I gonna die?'”
The girl was rushed to the hospital and was left with a large scar on her leg after surgery. Now 5-years-old and back at home, she’s recovering from her injury.
According to family, Thomas prematurely left the scene without “sa[ying] sorry, that it was an accident, that he called or was going to call for help, never asked if Ava was OK, and never asked if he could check on Ava.”
Columbus police have not commented on the incident but have said they are “grateful to learn that [Ava’s] healing is under way” after she was “unintentionally shot.”
Thomas was reportedly not harmed by the dog. Officials are still reviewing the incident.
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