A four-year-old girl was accidentally shot by an Ohio police officer who was aiming at an allegedly threatening dog.
The Columbus police officer was following up with a hit-and-run accident victim when a woman came down the street calling for medical help for her sister.
The accident victim, Gary Parsley, told WBNS-TV he went back inside his house as the officer helped the woman, then he heard a gunshot.
"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!'"
A police spokesperson confirmed the officer was shooting at the dog, who reportedly charged the officer as he approached the house, but missed, accidentally striking the child.
Neighbors called 911 and the girl was taken to the hospital, where she is expected to recover.
Columbus Police are still investigating the shooting.