All they wanted was to get some help. But instead, a police officer came to the family’s door, shot a four-year old, walked back to his patrol car and drove away.
Now when I first read this story I thought ‘no way. No way is a police officer just going to shoot a 4-year-old girl and walk away leaving the child bleeding on the ground.’ But apparently, that is exactly what happened.
The incident happened back in June in Columbus Ohio when Andrea Ellis cut her hand on a piece of glass at her home. Her visiting sister frantically called 911 asking for medical help. Not remembering what the address was, the sister ran outside to check the house number when she spotted a police officer two doors down.
She waved the officer over seeking help and that is when all hell broke loose!
Up comes Officer Jonathan Thomas. It was a frightening situation, crying, screaming, shouting… and Ellis’ four year old daughter, Ava, and her eight year old cousin stood at the doorway trying to tell the officer what had happened to her mom. Their pet, a small Boxer mix named Patches, stood between the two children doing what dogs do in a hectic situation – barking.
The officer, scared that little Patches will end his life, removed his service revolver and shot in the direction of the children and the dog. Poor Ava fell to the ground, her femur shattered by the officer’s bullet.
More screaming and yelling naturally ensued as family members watched Ava lying in a pool of blood. Asked why he shot the little girl, the officer demanded they not yell at him, turned around, walked to his car and drove away!
In a Facebook post, Andrea explained that the officer left before paramedics arrived;
Officer Thomas then told my sister to stop yelling at him and walked back to his vehicle. Officer Thomas never said sorry, never said it was an accident, never said that he called for help or was going to call for help, never asked if Ava was ok, and never asked if he could check on Ava. Officer Thomas went back to his vehicle and started to pull away. My neighbors have even verified that he started pulling away before any help was there.
“She [Ava] asked me several times, ‘Mommy, am I gonna die?’”
h/t – aattp