Former Wichita police officer bound over for trial in shooting that left girl hurt

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A former Wichita police officer charged in a shooting that left a nine-year-old girl injured was bound over for trial Wednesday morning.

Police said Officer Dexter Betts was responding to a domestic dispute and suicidal call in the 1500 block North Gentry on December 30, 2017, when he fired two shots at a dog he believed was charged at him.

Betts missed the dog, but a bullet fragment ricocheted and struck the girl in the forehead, just above her right eye. She was treated at a local hospital and released.

The Wichita Police Department fired Betts on Jan. 25.

The former officer is charged with aggravated battery, a level 8 felony. Prosecutors say Betts acted unlawfully and recklessly causing bodily harm to the child.

Betts entered a not guilty plea in the case. His trial is set for Aug. 20.