A Ohio police officer is currently being investigated on an incident that left a four-year-old girl sent to the hospital with a bullet in her leg.

Reports The Columbus Dispatch:

A Columbus police officer accidentally wounded a 4-year-old girl in Whitehall on Friday when he fired at a charging dog, police said.

A neighbor and the girl’s uncle identified her as Ava Ellis, who was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where police said she was in stable condition.

The officer was at a house in the 4100 block of Chandler Drive investigating a hit-and-run case about 3:10 p.m., Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said.

As the officer was walking from the home to his patrol car, a woman a few houses away called out to him, saying her sister and the girl’s mother, Andrea Ellis, had cut herself.

The officer was at the doorway when a dog charged at him, Alex-Bouzounis said.

The officer fired once, missing the animal but striking the girl in the right leg. It was unclear whether the girl was hit directly or by a ricochet. The officer has not been identified.

Andrea Ellis was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center for treatment of the cut.

Neighbor Carrie Britton said the family has two dogs and that they were on shock collars and couldn’t get out of the house.

Two dogs were being held in the back of the house after the shooting, according to police.

A couple of questions still remained. Where was this unnamed Ohio police officer’s tasers and pepper spray? Was he that in fear of his life over a dog that he felt like deadly force was the answer? Did the dog just happen to stand down after hearing the shot?

Today, June 19, needs to be buddy’s last day on the force unless he wants to work the pawn shop unit.

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