Wichita officer on leave after 9-year-old hurt in shooting incident

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The Wichita Police Department says one of its officers is on administrative leave after a 9-year-old girl was hurt in a shooting incident on Saturday.

Officers were called at around 6:15 p.m. to the report of a domestic disturbance and suicidal person in the 1500 block of North Gentry, near 13th and Hillside. Officer Paul Cruz said in a news release that officers were told a 33-year-old man in the home had held a gun in his mouth and choked a dog.

A woman and four children were also in the home.

After arriving on scene, officers learned that the gun was underneath a pillow in a bedroom.

"While the officers were retrieving the gun, a mid-sized mixed breed dog charged at one of the officers," the release said." The officer pulled his service weapon and shot at the dog, missing it."

The bullet struck the floor and broke into fragments, one of them ricocheting and striking a 9-year-old girl in the forehead just above her right eye. She was hospitalized and released later that evening. 

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The officer who fired was placed on leave, per department policy. The release said the department will conduct an internal investigation.

The suicidal man was taken for a mental health exam.

No names were released.

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