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Police officer shoots 4-year-old girl as her dog tried to attack him

By Mason White 11:57 AM June 26, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A 4-year-old girl in Ohio, was hospitalized after she was shot by a police officer, police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said.

The police officer shot and wounded the girl when he attempted to shoot the family dog.

Columbus police officer Jonathan Thomas was investigating a hit-and-run in Whitehall on Friday, when a woman, who lives nearby, screamed for help.

The woman told Thomas that her sister Andrea Ellis, had cut herself and needed medical attention.

When Thomas came to the door of the residence, the family’s dog ran towards him, according to Alex-Bouzounis.

Thomas drew his gun and shot at the dog, but he missed and accidentally shot the girl on the right leg. The 4-year-old girl was taken to a hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

Ellis was also taken to a hospital to receive treatment for her wounds.