A 12-year-old girl was accidentally shot by a constable who was at the front door serving an eviction notice to her father at their Pennsylvania home. The girl’s father answered the door and then closed the door on him. The father then opened the door again, but this time he had a rifle pointed at the constable’s chest. The constable pulled his gun and shot the father in the arm.
Ciara Meyer was standing behind her father in the front doorway of their home when her father, Donald Meyer, 57, had the shotgun pointed at the constable’s chest. The law enforcement officer pulled his gun and shot at the man, getting him in his arm. According to MSN News on January 13, the bullet went through Meyer’s arm and hit his daughter.
Little Ciara Meyer was pronounced dead on the scene. Neighbors who heard the shot were devastated to hear the disturbing news of the little girl’s death, who they described as “sweet.” The constable was in uniform when he went to the door, so it wasn’t as if Meyer didn’t know he was a law enforcement official.
According to Delaware online, the extended family of 12-year-old Ciara Meyer does not blame the constable for her death. A family spokesperson talked with the press today and they hold no ill feelings towards the law enforcement officer who was at the house doing his job when a gun was pulled on him.
The constable is emotionally distraught over this, needless to say. Bill Stoeffler, a Dauphin County constable and spokesman for the region’s constables’ association said:
Constable Clark Steele is “completely distraught over this incident – this is the worst nightmare any of us as constables can encounter.”
Ron Rohde, who was related to Ciara by marriage acted as a spokesperson for the family. Delaware online writes that Rohde conveyed how “two different county child protection agencies had been involved with the family and that at one point the girl had been removed from their home for several months. He said he wondered how much the constable knew about the family’s troubles when he went to evict them.”
Rohde then said, “Did anyone let him know that he was going to be walking into a rat’s hole?” Rohde also said, “None of us in our family have any hard feelings toward him(Constable Steele). Actually we feel sorry for him. He’s got to live with this, the poor man, and he had no idea what he was walking into.”
As horrific as this shooting incident is, it doesn’t appear to surprise anyone in Donald Meyers’ family that Meyers was capable of doing this. The medical examiner said that the bullet passed through Donald Meyers’ arm and hit the 12-year-old in the chest.
Donald Meyers was taken to the hospital and he remains there today with the bullet wound to his arm. He was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment along with other counts.