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Title: Officer shot at dog in room full of children, wounding 9-year-old and alarming mom (Once Again, Never Call the Cops)
Source: The Wichita Eagle
URL Source: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article194338784.html
Published: Jan 15, 2018
Author: Tim Potter
Post Date: 2018-01-18 05:04:17 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 341
Comments: 17

On the evening of Dec. 30, Danielle Maples was making nail polishes with her children. The atmosphere in her home changed when her husband threatened to hurt himself. Maples called 911 to get help.

Then after police arrived – as she and her husband stood outside their home unarmed – she heard two gunshots from inside.

A Wichita police officer fired at her dog – in a small living room occupied by her four children, ages 6 to 10.

Suddenly, the already stressful evening turned into a nightmare.

When the officer shot at the family dog in the same room where her four children were gathered, a bullet fragmented and ricocheted off the concrete floor beneath the carpet where her 9-year-old daughter sat. The girl suffered wounds above her eye. At the hospital, Maples saw a bag with three fragments taken from her daughter’s forehead.

An officer later told the family that “it could have been worse,” she said.

“As a mother, you don’t want to hear that.”

The 28-year-old woman is thankful her daughter’s wounds were minor.

But she remains jolted by the officer’s decision to fire his handgun in a small room holding her four young children: Her 6-year-old son was next to the officer when he fired, she said. One bullet hit the floor a few feet from where her daughter sat.

The officer’s target: a dog described by the family as a 35- to 40-pound miniature English bull terrier named Chevy. The dog suffered slight wounds from bullet fragments, Maples said.

Her attorney also is troubled by what Police Chief Gordon Ramsay texted to her the day after the shooting.

Expert: ‘That’s disturbing’

Justin Nix, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, said it’s difficult to “Monday-morning-quarterback” an officer’s decision and that “there’s a lot of moving parts” in this case with a reportedly suicidal person, a gun and what police described as a charging dog.

Still, Nix said, “certainly with kids around in tight quarters … that’s disturbing” that the officer fired close to them. “Wish it could have been resolved in another way.”

A police spokesman confirmed Wednesday that an officer fired two shots but said he can’t say more because the incident remains under investigation.

Maples’ daughter was hurt two nights after another Wichita police officer from about 40 yards away shot and killed an innocent 28-year-old man who stepped onto his front porch during what turned out to be a hoax hostage call to 911, known as a swatting. The Police Department has said that the officer fired after Andy Finch first raised his hands then lowered a hand toward his waist. Finch was unarmed.

Wichita attorney Charley O’Hara said he is representing Maples because, “I feel sometimes the government bullies people.”

The lawyer said it’s too early to know whether the family could take any legal action against the city.

“The overall thing here is we ought to be firing guns as a last resort,” especially close to children, O’Hara said.

‘Happen to anyone’

Maples said she is talking about what happened publicly to prevent another officer shooting.

“I need people to understand that this is something that could happen to anyone,” Maples said. She and her husband have been together for 13 years. “We’re a pretty normal family.

“All I was trying to do is protect my kids and my family, and it has turned into a nightmare,” she said.

“Officers can make the wrong decision and do the wrong thing, and they need to be held accountable for that.”

She asked that her husband’s name and their children’s names not be used to protect their privacy as they continue to deal with the emotional fallout from that night.

The day after the shooting, a Sunday, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay indicated to her that he had seen police body camera video of the officer opening fire in the room with the children.

She said Ramsay told her in a phone conversation “that what he witnessed was not only morally wrong but against their protocols and training.” He didn’t say why, she said.

She is sure that Ramsay said “morally wrong.”

After being told of the “morally wrong” comment, the Police Department spokesman said without elaborating: “There are inaccuracies in the information that was given to you.”

Maples also said Ramsay told her that the officer could possibly be “terminated” and could face charges.

O’Hara said police officials said they will arrange for him to see video of the shooting, but he had not seen it as of late Thursday afternoon.

The Police Department on Monday denied The Eagle’s request for all of the video, saying that providing it would interfere with the shooting investigation, saying that its release wasn’t mandatory because it hadn’t been played at a public meeting and saying that the video contains personal information about the girl and her family that would invade their privacy.

The family wants the video to be public and wants full disclosure, O’Hara said Thursday. “We would like the public to decide whether the police officers involved used good judgment.”

What mother heard

The nail polish crafting that evening was interrupted by Maples’ husband saying things that worried her, she said.

When he said he would hurt himself, she grabbed a phone, ran outside and called 911.

In a news release dated Tuesday, Jan. 2, almost three days after the shooting, the Police Department said officers responded to a 911 call “of a domestic dispute and suicidal person with a gun at 1500 North Gentry.” Officers were told that a 33-year-old man in the home “had held a gun in his mouth and choked a dog,” it said.

The police statement noted that four children were inside and said a handgun was under a pillow on a bed.

“While the officers were retrieving 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 surfaced floor .. and broke into fragments.”

A fragment ricocheted and hit the 9-year-old girl in her forehead above her eye, and she was treated and released from a hospital Saturday night, the police statement said.

Maples said she and her husband were already outside – and her husband was away from the gun – when police arrived.

It was cold outside, and she had the children stay inside.

The husband and wife stayed outdoors on different sides of the house as they waited for officers to arrive, Maples said. Two patrol officers walked up and met separately with her and her husband.

The officer who remained with her never asked about her dog, she said. She had told the dispatcher that the dog and her husband were both agitated, she said. The dog was barking at her husband after he became frantic, and he put his hand out to push the dog down but wasn’t choking the dog, she said.

She had no idea that police were going into the house, Maples said.

She was so upset when police arrived, she didn’t think of her dog. Chevy is not a vicious dog, but when someone visits the home, she will secure the dog behind a baby gate or in a room or put it outside, Maples said. The dog has been trained to keep an intruder out.

While Maples was outside with the one officer, she recalled, “I hear two shots go off.” The shots sounded as if they were next to her.

“I hear someone say, ‘They’ve shot your dog.’”

The officer with her looked shocked, she said.

She heard her husband yell, “They’ve hit (her 9-year-old daughter).”

She yelled out: “What have you done?”

The officer with her told her she needed to move to a patrol car. “I was freaking out.”

She remained in the car for maybe 10 minutes, crying, yelling, repeatedly asking, “Where’s my daughter?”

As her husband tried to get to his daughter, one officer slammed him down. But another said to “let him have her,” Maples said.

The officer told her that her daughter was “OK and stable.” Her instinct was to run to her child. But police told her to stay in the patrol car. “So I obeyed.”

She said she didn’t get to see her daughter until she got to the hospital.

“She’s going to have a scar,” Maples said.

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#1. To: Gatlin, GrandIsland (#0)

When the officer shot at the family dog in the same room where her four children were gathered, a bullet fragmented and ricocheted off the concrete floor beneath the carpet where her 9-year-old daughter sat. The girl suffered wounds above her eye. At the hospital, Maples saw a bag with three fragments taken from her daughter’s forehead.

An officer later told the family that “it could have been worse,” she said.

“As a mother, you don’t want to hear that.”

The 28-year-old woman is thankful her daughter’s wounds were minor.

But she remains jolted by the officer’s decision to fire his handgun in a small room holding her four young children: Her 6-year-old son was next to the officer when he fired, she said. One bullet hit the floor a few feet from where her daughter sat.

The officer’s target: a dog described by the family as a 35- to 40-pound miniature English bull terrier named Chevy.

Another "hero" cop. Wetting his diapers at the sight of a 35-pound dog.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-01-19   5:15:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#1)

This story was already posted previously, nipple head. Are you that hard up for agitate propaganda that you post the same incident multiple times?

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-01-19   6:21:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: GrandIsland (#2) (Edited)

This story was already posted previously

You know - there are so many of these cock-ups by cops happening in Amerika, , you probably just got confused and thought it was a repost.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-01-19   6:25:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

(Once Again, Never Call the Cops)

But.... the sheep can't help themselves. They've allowed their weak snowflake minds to need police to get along with family and neighbors. They've grown dependent. It's why I retired as soon as I qualified... and found another job where I arrest the criminal filth... but don't have to deal with the dysfunctional pitbull owning Jerry Springer pothead types.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-01-19   6:27:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: GrandIsland (#4)

Cops are supposed to help people, not wet their diapers and shoot a dog and kid.

the dysfunctional pitbull owning Jerry Springer pothead types.

Attaboy - anyone who is victimized by badged cowards is a pothead who watches Springer.

What an idiotic prick.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-01-19   6:31:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard, dog OK, girl shot (#1)

"hero" cop. Wetting his diapers at the sight of a 35-pound dog.

Child Shot In The Face With A Bullet Fragment After Wichita Police Try To Shoot Family Dog

  • 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

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hondo68  posted on  2018-01-19   6:35:13 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#3)

You know - there are so many of these cock-ups by cops happening in Amerika, , you probably just got confused and thought it was a repost.

"Title: Officer on leave after bullet misses dog, hits girl Source: The Wichita Eagle

URL Source: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article192560879.html

Published: Jan 2, 2018

Author: Jason Tidd

Post Date: 2018-01-02 19:43:33 by hondo68

Keywords: held a gun in his mouth, and choked a dog, the statement said

Views: 88

Comments: 8"

You know... you probably done so many drugs... that you're a mindless forgetful retard.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-01-19   6:37:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: GrandIsland, all shootings justified, WPD (#7)

Three years after a female officer from the Wichita Police Department shot and killed unarmed John Paul “Pauly” Quintero protocol following a police shooting remains the same

Three years after Pauly’s murder, the City of Wichita has said very little about the shooting. The WPD released a public incident report that contained what they called, five “heavily redacted” pages. The report was a slap in the face to both Pauly’s loved ones and police reform advocates in search of police accountability in wrongful shootings.

The WPD’s lack of transparency in regards to Pauly’s shooting was nothing new. Not only is the department known for their silence following police shootings, the city has yet to declare a police shooting unjustified. The department has been promising transparency to concerned citizens for years, but following the police shooting of Andrew Finch on December 28, the department has yet to fulfill their promise.

DACA Shithole Dreamers - Make America Great Again?

hondo68  posted on  2018-01-19   6:54:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: GrandIsland (#7)

You NAILED him good....the story had been previously posted. He just shits all over himself each morning as he can’t wait to grab the first headline and post it. His obsessive hatred has taken such control of his brain that he acts like a robot.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-01-19   7:02:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: hondo68 (#8)

Not only is the department known for their silence following police shootings, the city has yet to declare a police shooting unjustified.

Bears repeating.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-01-19   7:03:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Deckard (#10) (Edited)

Bears repeating.

You are obviously hung up on REPEATING things this morning.

A person with Alzheimer's may do something over and over —

Gatlin  posted on  2018-01-19   7:06:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: GrandIsland (#7)

"Title: Officer on leave after bullet misses dog, hits girl Source: The Wichita Eagle

URL Source: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article192560879.html

Published: Jan 2, 2018

Author: Jason Tidd

Post Date: 2018-01-02 19:43:33 by hondo68

Different author, different date and this new article has updated information.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-01-19   7:08:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Gatlin (#9)

You NAILED him good....

Get a room queerbait.

shits all over himself each morning

No one is interested in your daily routine Parsons.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-01-19   7:10:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Deckard (#12)

SPIN ...

Gatlin  posted on  2018-01-19   7:11:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Deckard (#13)

Yet you read it and reply to it....your life is filled with contradictions.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-01-19   7:12:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Deckard (#12)

Different author, different date and this new article has updated information.

Slow day, huh?

Time for some necessary nitpicking.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-01-19   7:15:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Deckard (#12)

Different author, different date and this new article has updated information.

Same incident... helmet head polisher

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-01-19   7:30:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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