After an armed robber shot a police officer in the leg in Douglas, Georgia, police tracked him to a trailer park just outside the town. As investigators were closing in on 19-year-old Christopher Barnett just outside a home in the trailer park,officers were spooked by a dog that entered the scene–and you can pretty well guess what happened next.
In what is becoming an unfortunate and growing trend with law enforcement, a deputy fired at the dog–but there’s a twist! The bullet completely missed the dog and struck Dakota Corbitt, the ten-year-old son of a family on whose property they found Barnett, in the back of the knee.
“I ran out the house with one of my kids and saw my little brother on the porch pouring blood,” said Janelle Rich, Corbitt’s sister.
Corbitt was taken to Coffee Regional Medical Center for treatment, then Savannah Memorial Hospital for surgery.
Attempting to somehow ignore any blame, the Coffee County sheriff’s Department posted a disgustingly passive statement on its Facebook page, utilizing the tried-and-true phrases often found in this sort of situation like, “officer-involved shooting” and “received a gunshot wound,” carefully avoiding laying the blame on the officer who shot at an animal and, because of his careless and unwarranted action, harmed a child.
The officer’ identity is, as always, protected.