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Sat Jun 20, 2015, 09:22 PM

Cop scared of dog accidentally shoots 4 year old Columbus Ohio

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/06/19/whitehall-ohio-4-year-old-accidentially-shot-by-columbus-police-officer.html

WHITEHALL, Ohio - Gary Parsley says the shooting that happened on Chandler Drive in Whitehall, Friday afternoon, happened in an instant.

“Everything happened really fast,” he said.

Parsley says a Columbus Police Officer came to his house to follow up on a hit-and-skip case Parsley says he was a victim of two weeks ago. He says when the officer stepped outside - a woman, two houses down, came running out and pleading for help.

“She was wanting medical attention for her sister,” Parsley said. “That’s why she called the guy over there.”

Parsley went back inside his house. A few seconds later he heard the gunshot.

“I did hear the gunshot – it was very loud,” he said. “At first I thought maybe he’d shot the dog, because she was saying something about ‘Why would you try to shoot the dog?’ and he said something like the dog was attacking him, or something like that. Then, she started saying ‘You shot my kid!’.”

According to CPD, when the officer approached the house the family’s dog charged him.

“The officer fires one shot at the dog, misses the dog and accidentally shoots a four-year-old in the leg,” CPD spokeswoman, Denise Alex-Bouzounis, said.

Parsley says neighbors called 911. Police and first responders were there within minutes.

“They brought the girl out,” he said. “She wasn’t on a stretcher. One of the paramedics was carrying her. She had a blanket around her and there was a little bit of blood on the blanket, but she seemed to be conscious. Her head was poking around [and] she wasn’t, like, screaming or crying that I could tell.”

Parsley doesn’t understand why the officer felt the need to shoot in the first place.

“[The officer] was a big guy and they have tasers and clubs and stuff,” he said. “I don’t know why you would raise a gun. I really don’t agree with him just pulling his gun out and trying to shoot the dog.”

According to Alex-Bouzounis, when asked about the breed of the dog, she says it was a mutt and would not specify on its size.

The child was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is expected to recover. CPD continues to investigate the shooting and Alex-Bouzounis says the officer that was involved is being questioned.

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rbrnmw Jun 2015 OP
marym625 Jun 2015 #1
rbrnmw Jun 2015 #2
msongs Jun 2015 #3
woodsprite Jun 2015 #4
mythology Jun 2015 #5
betsuni Jun 2015 #6
Bettie Jun 2015 #7

Response to rbrnmw (Original post)

Sat Jun 20, 2015, 09:48 PM

1. Take the guns away from the cops!

I am glad the little one is going to be OK. At least as okay as you can be after being shot at 4 years old, and by a cop no less

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Response to marym625 (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 20, 2015, 10:09 PM

2. Cops need retraining

so sick of their unfounded fears hurting and killing people.

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Response to rbrnmw (Original post)

Sat Jun 20, 2015, 10:41 PM

3. no such thing as an acccidental shooting. they always have a specific cause nt

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Response to rbrnmw (Original post)

Sat Jun 20, 2015, 11:33 PM

4. My husband used to think worrying how cops would respond

was not a problem. After all the stories in the news, he finally has come to the realization that you have to cyoa and take the most cautious approach, even when calling for help or making routine requests.

I was walking our 80lb German shepherd back in March. I fell, dislocating and breaking my shoulder. After I reached my phone, my first call was to my husband to come get the dog because I was afraid to call for help first, thinking they might shoot her rather than sending animal control.

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Response to rbrnmw (Original post)

Sat Jun 20, 2015, 11:54 PM

5. Dogs, small children, they look the same right?

 

I get that shooting a gun with good aim is hard, but it can't be as hard as cops make it look.

At least the kid will live.

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Response to rbrnmw (Original post)

Sat Jun 20, 2015, 11:55 PM

6. The dog was charged with interfearing with an officer.

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Response to rbrnmw (Original post)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 12:38 AM

7. So, there must be a new thing

where your IQ needs to be lower than the average house plant, have very little common sense, and zero empathy to be a cop.

Oh, but you have to love that you get to shoot folks and usually get away with it.

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