WATCH: Cop Shoots Dog in Room Full of Kids, hits 9-year-old Girl in the Face

Body cam footage shows a Kansas cop shooting a dog moments after it enters a room full of kids, hitting one in the face.

"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.

"Chevy"(Daily Mail)

Betts fires two shots.

"Ow! Ow! Ow!, you hurt my eye! the girls screams in agony.

"Ow! Ow!"

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.

Dexter Betts(mugshot)

​He has entered a plea of not guilty.

Comments (31)
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Trackydog
Trackydog

The police love to shoot dogs if for no other reason than they are proxies for humans.

Robert Gantry
Robert Gantry

' 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.

Robert Gantry
Robert Gantry

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.

roadrnr78
roadrnr78

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?

califdune
califdune

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

Trolliby
Trolliby

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.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

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.

Angalaina
Angalaina

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.

UseCommonSense
UseCommonSense

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.

BionicMerlin
BionicMerlin

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.

BionicMerlin
BionicMerlin

Has there been any action against the city for this? Firing the cop is not enough. Put the kids in therapy, maybe the whole family. Compensation. $$$. Punitive damages!

Temals
Temals

Anyone who's taught, by their parents, to shoot a gun, is first taught to never shoot in close proximity to ANYONE. Children are completely out of the question. We're also taught that a "dog-attack" usually consists of at least ONE bite. Unless the situation requires force, cops shouldn't be allowed to bring their firearms into a house. Were they expecting to hold a hostage, if the man refused to take the gun from his own forehead? Completely unnecessary..

Benage Clark
Benage Clark

Dog bite= murder of family pet and child endangerment if not worst? I think not. We need rules on police about shooting animals[pets], shooting people in the back, and overkill [unload bullet"s" into someone who is down already(shot).] And comparing knifes to guns [from a distance] (i can understand close combat [3-5ft]) but dont approach to distance weapon wielding person.

Benage Clark
Benage Clark

I'm not saying the cop is a bad person I think a bad judgment was made and he should be responsible for it just like most other police officers I made a comment on Facebook about this and I am going to attach it below.

AmericanCopsCowards
AmericanCopsCowards

American police are scared of dogs, hahaha. Land of the Brave indeed.

StopMakingExcuses
StopMakingExcuses

1 - Lock this guy up; he's either an idiot or a violent POS.

2 - BS! More whites are killed by cops every year. Blacks are only 14% of the population but commit as much crime as 63% of he population. Check out FBI homicide rates. Additionally, whites are so programmed to walk on eggshells around cops, they're let go more often than not which is why we have people on the street with 3, 4, 5 criminal charges that end up murdering someone. FACT! High violent crime out of statistically ridiculous rates in comparison to black population is why there are 'stereotypes' Shooting each other over shoes, going crazy in Waffle Houses and Chuck E Cheese...lol it's pathetic. It's also why NOLA put up billboards that say "Black male returns and takes victim's life" - to call attention to high violent crime. Without the major urban areas, our homicide rates would go down by almost half!!!!

Kurtncorinne2
Kurtncorinne2

Watching from Canada and that cop is full of shit dog barked DID NOT ATTACK THE COP now what the hell shoot the defenseless dog in his own home IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN YOU are so wrong without taken precautions first NOOOOO, THAT WOULD BE DOING YOUR JOB CORRECTLY are you cops truly haters of dogs and race of ppl or what If that was me and or mine I have shot you back IN THE BACK make it all worth the while shooting my dog STRIKE 1 bullet flies around hitting my daughter strike 2 HURTING MY CHILD STRIKE 3 ( RETALIATION) YOU ARE HORRID HORRID COPS sorry for the lack of respect but YOU OBVIOUSLY DONT HAVE ANY FOR ANYONE NOT IN LAW ENFORCEMENT you sick n demented cruel and hateful

BlueIsNotAMinority
BlueIsNotAMinority

He should face a fucking firing squad.

tbone69
tbone69

The cop was dead wrong, however, the law will go hard on him because they are dealing with a black cop vs a white family. Cops never are charged when they kill black people. They say their lives were threatened so they had to kill him.

Verlorenes Kind
Verlorenes Kind

That dog did not attack that cop.

StevenThomas
StevenThomas

Both cops should have been fired immediately and had their Peace Officer Certification Revoked forever as Public Safety Threats. No common sense and last in line when they handed out Brains is no excuse.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

Thank God for the camera. Cops lie and people believe them. But not this time.

Both cops should have been fired for walking into the home like they own the place. At start video shows a second camera on the other cop on the right side of his head.

suewhisler
suewhisler

first of all the officers seen that he had his hands up and they was at no threat and for them to go into the house they should had the man's wife to turn on the lights and secondly no one should fire a gun off inside knowing there was children in the house. the dog barked because he did not know the officers the officer that fired the gun in the house should be put in jail for firing a gun inside the house knowing there was children inside.

packetguy
packetguy

The 2nd-Amendment-hating radical left want to disarm anyone who shows any slight emotional problem, even elderly people puzzled by their complex utility bills or veterans suffering from ubiquitous PTSD. It’s part of the plan to eventually disarm the entire citizenry.

whitsibley
whitsibley

Street justice for this POS.

Bill Vapes
Bill Vapes

I did not know cops had the right to take your property because you are suicidal. Interesting!

Never call the fucking pigs for a suicidal person! Take them to the ER or just do NOTHING! Doing NOTHING is actually much safer than calling the COPS! SAD!