Columbus OH Cop Shoots Toddler

Yesterday, June 19, 2015 a Columbus OH officer, Jonathan Thomas, went to a home in Whitehall OH (a city within Columbus) to take a report about an incident involving a traffic incident that occurred in the city of Columbus.

This is how it went, as we currently know: CPD officer arrived at a home on Chandler Dr, Whitehall to take a report. The officer needed something out of his cruiser, while he went to his car the man needing to make a report went into his home. While in his home, the man heard a shot fired. He then ran outside and heard a woman, Andrea, screaming that the cop had just shot her toddler, Ava. According to his facebook post, the cop told the man that he thought the dog was attacking so he fired a round through the door of the home, accidentally hitting the child. The child did NOT die, the shot went through a leg.

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The CPD issued this statement on their facebook page:

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Apparently the screaming and sounds of distress coming from the house were due to a woman who had been badly cut, and the woman yelling wanted help for her. Did the cop yell back, like, “what’s wrong?” or “what’s happening in there?”, we don’t know but it doesn’t seem like it or he’d have probably known it wasn’t a dog attack. Shouldn’t any adult carrying a firearm around actually know what is happening before resorting to unholstering a gun and shooting at something? I think so. Especially one who is specifically trained for his or her profession to utilize a firearm.

Let’s look at Ohio law on this. The ORC states the following, note the absence of liability stated:

2923.161 Improperly discharging firearm at or into a habitation, in a school safety zone or with intent to cause harm or panic to persons in a school building or at a school function.
(A) No person, without privilege to do so, shall knowingly do any of the following:

(1) Discharge a firearm at or into an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation of any individual;

(2) Discharge a firearm at, in, or into a school safety zone;

(3) Discharge a firearm within one thousand feet of any school building or of the boundaries of any school premises, with the intent to do any of the following:

(a) Cause physical harm to another who is in the school, in the school building, or at a function or activity associated with the school;

(b) Cause panic or fear of physical harm to another who is in the school, in the school building, or at a function or activity associated with the school;

(c) Cause the evacuation of the school, the school building, or a function or activity associated with the school.

(B) This section does not apply to any officer, agent, or employee of this or any other state or the United States, or to any law enforcement officer, who discharges the firearm while acting within the scope of the officer’s, agent’s, or employee’s duties.

(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, in a school safety zone, or with the intent to cause harm or panic to persons in a school, in a school building, or at a school function or the evacuation of a school function, a felony of the second degree.

(D) As used in this section, “occupied structure” has the same meaning as in section 2909.01 of the Revised Code.

Obviously, it can be argued that hearing distress and calls for help is within the scope of the officer’s duties. But it’s pretty amazingly negligent, especially since he told the resident with which he had initial contact that he fired through a door.  Is it actually within the scope of his or her duties to shoot a gun through a door of a home just because someone is calling for help? Shouldn’t one have some kind of idea about what or who is behind the door before doing something like that? If I hear yelling, so I go shoot through a door and my bullet hits a toddler, what do you think would happen to me? I am guessing I’d go to prison for the above crime (because I’m not a cop) and also for some kind of felony assault, maybe I’d be charged with trespassing as well. What if I said, “But it was an accident!”, would they take it easy on me? I doubt it. I’d be taking a really long trip to our state’s women’s prison.

Since this happened yesterday, local media has already been all over it. I’m not even sure what to say. Another cop tried to shoot a dog. ANOTHER cop shot someone. Another cop shot a kid. Seriously? Chief Jacobs can be reached at (614) 645-4600, she is typically very proactive compared to other police chiefs in this country and I have often said, “ya know, she’s really not bad for a cop.” I hope Chief Jacobs handles this as we all probably want to see it handled, with stiff criminal charges, just like you or I would get if we did something so stupid.

UPDATE October 20, 2015  

Ava’s mother, Andrea, tagged me on facebook today to let me know she has started a petition for the firing of Jonathan Thomas. We at Columbus CopBlock have not been able to get any updated information from Columbus Police since shortly after the incident. As we understand, Thomas is still working his job like before. While this family lives with fear, anxiety, and a small child who has been shot.

This is not acceptable and completely out of order.

This irresponsible “peace officer” should have been fired and charged. They are still investigating, and I do hope they will arrive at the logical conclusion: That this reckless man SHOT A CHILD and should be fired go to jail. We’ll see…

In the meantime, here is what the text of the petition says:

Officer Jonathan Thomas has exhibited very poor decision making skills several times in his five year career as an officer of the law. The most recent and by far the worse, was the reckless shooting of Ava Ellis! Ava a four year old girl was shot at her house by Officer Thomas because a household pet startled him and his poor decision to shoot the pet caused Ava serious harm when the bullet hit her in the right upper leg, shattering the femur and causing long term medical problems for Ava. Officer Thomas should be fired as an officer for the safety of the citizens in Ohio. Officer Thomas should be fired so that we the citizens will know it is not OK for a man with a gun to shoot our kids in our house and walk away free!!!

If you would like to help the family urge Columbus Police to fire this “man” the petition is here, and if you need to copy and past for some reason, URL:

Andrea, Ava’s mother, started a facebook page called Prayers For Ava. Please go to facebook and like that page to stay up to date on how Ava is doing and how her family is handling all this. I asked Andrea, Ava’s mom if she’d like to say anything for me to include in this update. She did want to provide you all a short statement in her own words.

Ava is currently going to school and she is still working on emotionally healing. Ava is enjoying school and making lots of friends. Ava has had to miss out on a lot because of her injury from officer Thomas and will have to miss out on more. Ava will have to go back for another surgery with in the next year. 


Chief Jacobs can be reached at (614) 645-4600

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  • vegas jack

    Cowards, find a new job. The 14th most dangerous job in America, yet they still shoot leashed and confined dogs. This sissy cop needs to be terminated as soon as he changes his piss soaked pants!

  • Valerie

    Note: Unconfirmed, I was told the dog may have been a chihuahua mix…………

  • jan brady

    pigs, so very stupid !

  • Scott McCollum

    Hey Obama, Don’t take the guns from the people, take the guns from these jackboot thug ass cops!!!

  • JC

    I’m sure there is more to this story then what is being released. The 4 year old will recover. It should be interesting to see how this one turns out.

  • givemelibertyorgivemedeath

    When these kind of things happen, why is the officer never shot by the home owner?

    If anyone came into my house and murdered my pet or harmed anyone in my family, they wouldn’t be walking out alive. Just like if I went and did the same thing in there house, id expect to be shot.

    Get your balls back america and stand up for what’s right. Don’t fall for the race baiting and msm lies. There is only one enemy to freedom. Government. Be it local police forces to the 1% in district of Columbia (I.e not america).

    There is a plan being unfolded and we must make sure there years and years of planing fails.

  • putwingsonJC

    You are so frackin stupid idk how your still alive. I’d love to shoot you in the leg and see if you recover. It should be interesting to see how you turn out on the BBQ. I’m sure the dogs out back would love some smoked JC fresh off the barbie…

  • Aaron Davison

    Haha a chihuahua holy crap that’s not funny a kid got shot because of an ankle biter if that. I wonder if they hand cuffed the little kid and rummaged through its toys looking for a toy gun or something

  • Josh Martin

    Putting your dogs outside won’t help. Cops shoot dogs in yards even more often than inside homes. How about NOT CALLING THE COPS!

  • Shawn

    Dumb ass, it is only pure luck your precious cop didn’t KILL an innocent. WTF is with just drawing and shooting, without knowing what you’re shooting? You’re fine with cops doing that?

    This is a perfect example of how careless cops have gotten. They don’t respect the public, or the dangers of PLAYING with a gun. All they care about is protecting brother officers from the consequences of their actions.

    These aren’t copblockers that you disagree with, or criminals. These are ordinary people, totally innocent.

  • ymygody

    I see you have made more friends. you must have finally given up threatening to file charges against people. you are stupid fucker, I will give you that.

  • ;)

    I am always amazed at the ineptness of these fucking retards. we keep going the wrong way. the police continue to get better armor and weaponry, when they should be disarmed.

  • JC

    More threats, more paperwork, more emails.

  • CopsKill

    Itchy trigger fingers I keep tell’in ya…
    Never trust police.

  • CopsKill

    Fucking douche bag !!!

  • Cops Hate Cats

    Eat shit Pig

  • Cops Hate Cats

    eat shit

  • Cops Hate Cats

    what he said

  • Cops Hate Cats

    eat shit

  • Cops Hate Cats

    eat shit…….

  • Cops Hate Cats

    eat shit

  • Cops Hate Cats


  • Cops Hate Cats

    what he said

  • Cops Hate Cats

    eat shit

  • steve

    I’ll be over in the morning so you can lick the corn from my butt hole.

  • steve

    Poodle scares cowboy cop and is dispatched through the front door.

  • steve

    Oops he didn’t shoot the poodle he missed and shot a 4 year old child.

  • RAD

    The blue messiahs out saving the world.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    And if there’s not more to the story, where does it leave you? We all see through you’re technique of “there is more to the story” and ” It should be interesting to see how this one turns out.”.

    The four year-old may recover, but at what cost to her? You think this is a TV cop show? Oh, look it’s through-and-through, the bullet missed everything. No nerves damaged, bullets never damage the large nerve bundles running throughout you body. Organs, what organs?

    Hey, everytime an officer isn’t charged, may be there’s more to the story? It’s called the DoJ and the courts.

    The cop missed the dog and shot the girl. The problem with shooting bullets, they don’t evaporate when you miss. Empty that clip oh brave officer…

    Ask the SPCA and the American Humane Society about cops shooting dogs. They want to train the cops so they are less cowardly than meter readers, postal workers, and pool men. Sometimes you just got to listen to the rest of society…

    The real issue is that he went to shoot the dog but shot the girl. May be he shouldn’t have tried to shoot the dog? Nah, no dinner if he didn’t. That dog would have killed him…

  • RaymondbyEllis

    No threats that give you anything other than hurt feelings. You might spend sometime finding out the difference between real threats and free speech.

    Do you think he can put you on the barbie? Do you know why we have the word “pussy” to describe easliy frightened males? Because they represent the worst of females, let alone males.

    The other use is sibilant soft.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    This stupid lawyer, cops being so much smarter about the law, so much able at reasoning, and so much more knowledgeable of the words of law) gives a lot to think about:

    Notice what he really goes after, the thinking of cops, the bureaucratic apologetics (it’s policy to handcuff someone shot in the head, because you handcuff people). If cops would actually pay attention to “the other side” they’d be better cops.

    More proof that the Amnesty International report is accurate in that US cops are not first-world cops.

  • WD!

    Ferocious breed, don’t let their size fool you, if several of them organized, disarmed the cop, and we’re allowed several hours to do their worst, he could have been looking at some serious abrasions, possibly a puncture wound.

  • Pericles8th

    If someone inside the house is cutting themselves CALL AN AMBULANCE and have them Baker Acted. Leave the cops out of it.

  • freejt

    ummm???? the dog charged him yet there was a closed door between dog and officer?????? HHMMMMN kinda sounds like maybe the dog charged the door and not the officer, so really what ever justification bs story goes right out the window! not to mention the most easy and fundamental firearms safety rules like ie checking the backdrop behind the target before discharging a deadly weapon. why the deadly weapon at all his department did issue pepper spray??????/