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"Ow! Ow! Ow!, you hurt my eye," a nine-year-old girl screams after Kansas police officer Dexter Betts fired two shots from his gun.
Betts, who claimed the dog attacked him, was fired after he wounded the child instead of the dog.
Video from Betts' body camera, which was released Thursday by the Wichita Eagle, shows Betts shining his flashlight on the girl seconds before he shoots at the dog in front of her.
It happened on December 30 after Betts and another officer responded to a call from the girl's mother, Danielle Maples, about her husband who was suicidal.
When officers arrived, Maples' husband was standing in the driveway with his hands up, unarmed.
Footage shows officers walking up to the house, which they later claimed to enter looking for a gun.
One officer carefully opens the door and walks into a living room full of frightened children who can be heard crying.
Two boys are standing, watching television, while the nine-year-old girl sits on the floor by the couch.
Betts looks around in a few rooms near the front of the home.
"Whoa, whoa, we got a dog in here," he can be heard saying.
That's when a barking, 35 pound English Bull Terrier named Chevy enters the room.
Betts fires two shots.
"Ow! Ow! Ow!, you hurt my eye! the girls screams in agony.
Fragments from Betts' gun ricocheted off the floor, hitting the dog and the girl.
Betts can be heard saying "shots fired" and telling the kids to get out of the room.
"Dog inside. Attacked up." Betts claims after someone asks him what happened.
Meanwhile, the girl cries in agony as officers leave the home.
The girl's three brothers are waiting in the driveway, clearly traumatized by the ordeal.
"We have to take my daughter to the hospital," the girl's father says while holding his daughter in his arms.
Betts then walks back to his patrol car.
"What the hell happened?" another officer asks him.
"In the house . . . we were trying to go get the gun, looking for the gun, and the dog came out from one of the back rooms," he tells her.
"Did he attack you?"
"Yeah," he replies, adding that the dog didn't actually get him.
Betts, who was fired from the Wichita Police Department less than a month after the incident, now faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.
Betts is the first Wichita police officer in the last two decades to face criminal charges from an on-duty shooting that has resulted in an injury or death.
Even though video shows the dog never attacked him, Betts defense attorney says his client was "not reckless" but instead was attempting to "avoid being attacked by this vicious dog."
The family's lawyer, Charley O'Hara, said the nine-year-old girl believed Betts was "shooting directly" at her when he opened fire.
Maples says her daughter will be left with external and psychological scars from the shooting.
"The mother said to me after seeing the video "I've always taught my children to trust the police, and I don't think any four of those children will ever trust the police again," O'Hara explained.
Betts' trial is set for August 20.
He has entered a plea of not guilty.
Sep 23, 2019
The police love to shoot dogs if for no other reason than they are proxies for humans.
Aug 28, 2019
' Betts defense attorney says his client was "not reckless" but instead was attempting to "avoid being attacked by this vicious dog." ' If given the choice between shooting a little girl in the face and being chewed up by a dog, I'd just have to deal with the dog later. I would not fire anywhere near a little kid. I'd probably have just kicked that dog's ass.
Aug 28, 2019
Shoots a little girl in the face, "Yeah, I'm good....". If I had screwed up LIKE THAT, I would probably commit suicide, but these oinkers are acting like it's just another day on the job.
Aug 28, 2019
Hearing her tell that excuse of a man, "GIVE ME MY EYE BACK!" is a kick in the gut of every parent who watches this video. Cop friends of mine tell me that they would have let the dog attack rather than shoot without a clear shot. How in the name of all that is holy did this chickenshit even get recruited?
Jun 19, 2019
your site sucks i tried to comment on the story and it takes me to a sign in screen then loses all i had written
Mar 16, 2019
Cop is a liar and was wreckless aiming at dog while child was right there. Wreckless with intent. She could have died while he lollygagged knowing he hit her. It is obvious in the body cam.
Feb 16, 2019
At some time, people may eventually learn to NEVER CALL A COP FOR ASSISTANCE. It will get you or a friend/family member killed or wounded. We really are safer without cops. Most of you just refuse to believe it. Criminals in our society are created by politicians. Make a new law, create new criminals. Have the cops shoot them for criminal behavior. What a waste.
Oct 3, 2018
Hey cops, I know it's 'legal' for you to do this, but you're going to get a reputation for being dog-killing pieces of shit and nobody will trust you or listen to a word you have to say. In fact, we're already there, cops. You're fucking out of control. YOU all need a leash.
Jun 30, 2018
OMG, horrifying! Temals is RIGHT, one NEVER shoots first when children are in the room. There were MANY children in this room. One child was right behind the dog, the dog protecting the children from HOME INVADERS. Appears that the child was injured? No weapons should be brought into our homes!! This family will be traumatized for life & they need intensive, maybe long term therapy, that the P.D. Needs to pay for. Firing this **hat, trigger happy, dangerous cop is not enough!! Dock the entire Police Dept’s pay for a MONTH. Sue the crap out of them, too.
Jun 30, 2018
My reaction to all psycho cops stories is the same. I've been saying it for years. If you dock the whole department for 1 day's pay every time this happens, the police will police themselves.