(This article is published in Salon.)
“Mommy, am I gonna die?” four-year-old Ava Ellis asked her mother. The young girl had just been shot by a police officer.
Inside Edition obtained audio of the incident, which took place near Columbus, Ohio.
Ava’s mother, Andrea, accidentally cut her arm on glass. Her sister Brandie Kelly called 911, frantically shouting “She’s bleeding all over the place!” and “I need a paramedic!”
A police officer happened to be nearby during the emergency. Andrea’s sister asked the cop “Sir, can you get me a paramedic? I need a paramedic here!”
When the cop approached, he claims the family’s dog ran toward him. He pulled out his gun and shot toward it — yet missed, and hit four-year-old Ava in the leg, shattering her bone.