Columbus to pay family of 4-year-old girl shot by CPD officer $780,000


Columbus City Council has approved to pay the family of a 4-year-old girl accidentally shot by a Columbus Police officer last year.

The incident happened on June 19, 2015 in Whitehall.

The Columbus Police officer was in Whitehall responding at a nearby home for an incident that happened in Columbus.

Andrea Ellis said she was at home with her four children when her 4-year-old daughter Ava got cut on a piece of glass. Andrea’s sister ran outside to get the address when she spotted the officer.

As the officer approached the home, the family’s dog ran toward him. At that point, the officer fired at the dog but missed, and hit Ava.

She was shot through her right leg and broke the bone.

The officer maintained that the dog charged at him. Andrea said the officer just walked away after firing and never offered help.

City Council agreed to pay the family $780,000 Monday night.