Father Charged In Death Of Daughter Shot By Police

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
Constable Clark Steele was cleared of charges as his shooting was labeled justified while Ciara’s father, Donald Meyer, was charged with homicide.

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A father was charged with homicide after a police constable accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter.

Ciara Meyer was fatally shot by a police constable who was serving her father eviction papers. Constable Clark Steele was cleared of charges as his shooting was labeled justified while Ciara’s father, Donald Meyer’s, behavior was deemed “reckless” and the 57-year-old was charged with homicide.

Steele arrived at Meyer’s apartment on Jan. 11 to serve a valid eviction notice. The father knew the constable was coming and after a few words with the officer at his door pointed the loaded rifle at Steele. The constable then fired a single round at Meyer. The bullet passed through his arm and hit Ciara who was standing behind her father. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Meyer's reckless conduct, knowing his daughter was standing behind him, triggered a chain of events that tragically led to the death of Ciara Meyer," District Attorney Andrew Bender told CNN affiliate WHP.

While Meyer’s behavior was not at all morally responsible or sensible, his actions in no way warrant being charged with his daughter’s death when he was not the one to pull the trigger.

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