Shocking police bodycam footage has been released showing the moment a Kansas officer opened fire in a room full of children and injured a nine-year-old girl.
Wichita Officer Dexter Betts was fired after he shot at a dog he claimed was attacking him and wounded the child instead.
The bodycam footage, which was released Thursday, shows Betts’ flashlight illuminating the girl just moments before he fires at the dog in front of her.
Betts and and another officer were called to the home on December 30 after the girl’s mother, Danielle Maples, called 911 to report that her husband had put a gun in his mouth and wanted to harm himself.
The officers arrived at the scene of the house to find Maples’ husband standing in the driveway, unarmed and with his hands up.
In the footage, which was released by The Wichita Eagle, the officers can be seen walking up the house. They later told authorities that they entered because they were looking for the gun.
One officer cautiously opens the front door into the living room full of children who can be heard crying, clearly scared by the entire situation.
Two boys are standing in front of a television in the living room, while the nine-year-old girl is sitting on the floor in front of a couch.
The bodycam footage shows Betts looking into a few rooms near the front of the house before saying ‘Woah, woah, we got a dog in here’.
Just moments later the dog – a 35lb English Bull Terrier named Chevy – barks and Betts immediately fires two shots.
‘Ow! Ow! Ow, you hurt my eye!’ the girl screams out in pain. ‘Ow! Ow!’
Fragments from Betts’ bullets had ricocheted off the concrete floor under the carpet in the living room and hit both the nine-year-old girl and the dog.