After responding to a call of a suicidal man a Wichita Police officer fired a shot at a dog and missed causing a bullet fragment to hit a 9-year-old girl in the face
Danielle Maples called police on her husband after he placed a gun in his mouth
Maples and her husband were waiting outside for police when the shooting occurred
Officers entered the residence without telling the parents to retrieve the gun
WPD claims inside the house a dog tried to attack an officer
The officer fired one shot that sent a bullet fragment into the girl’s face
Just days after the Wichita Police Department murdered 28-year-old Andrew Finch in cold blood, a child was shot in the face with a bullet fragment while officers responded to a call of a suicidal man.
On Saturday evening, Danielle Maples called police after her husband was displaying suicidal behavior. According to the WPD, officers were responding to a call of a suicidal man with a gun in the 1500 block North Gentry. It was reported Maples husband had choked a dog and placed a gun in his mouth.
Police dispatch from the incident can be heard below. In the recording you can hear someone crying and screaming “They shot our dog.” Children can be heard screaming inside the house after realizing a fragment had struck the 9-year-old girl.
Maples and her husband were outside waiting for police to arrive. Their four children and pet dog were inside the house while the couple waited. WPD claims that while retrieving the weapon, they were attacked by a mixed breed dog. After firing at the dog, an officer missed and Maples’ 9-year-old daughter was struck in the face with a bullet fragment.
When officers were receiving the gun, a mid-sized mixed-breed dog charged at one of the officers. The officer pulled his service weapon and shot at the dog, missing it. The round struck the hard surface floor of the residence and broke into fragments. A piece of a fragment ricocheted, striking a 9-year-old girl in the forehead, just above her right eye. She was treated at a local hospital and released Saturday evening.
Maples claims the officers never alerted them they were going inside the residence. The thought never crossed her mind to put the dog up, as the couple was waiting for police outside of the house. Maples made the call trying to get her husband help and never expected the situation would escalate to the point that her child would be shot in the face by an officer with a bullet fragment.
Maples’ husband agreed to a mental examination. The girl was taken to the hospital and treated for her injury. The officer responsible for injuring the girl has been placed on paid administrative leave following department policy. The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office will now perform an internal review of the shooting to determine if the officer followed department policies during the shooting.