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Killed by a holstered gun?

Written By: Bob - Jul• 09•12

The events as reported by the media surrounding the shooting death of Adaisha Miller from hugging a Detroit cop simply don’t make sense.

A woman celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday was fatally shot Sunday when she hugged an off-duty police officer while dancing at a party, causing the officer’s service weapon to fire, according to police and her mother.

Adaisha Miller would have turned 25 on Monday, according to her mother, Yolanda McNair.

The shooting happened at an outdoor social gathering about 12:30 a.m., said police Sgt. Eren Stephens. It happened on the city’s west side.

According to Stephens, the woman “embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidently discharge.” The bullet punctured Miller’s lung and hit her heart, and she died at a hospital.

For Ms. Miller to hug the officer from behind and receive a bullet in the chest, it suggests two things.

  1. The officer in question was wearing a horizontal shoulder holster.
  2. The horizontal shoulder holster he was wearing did not have adequate coverage of the trigger, which allowed it to be squeeze, causing the weapon to discharge.

It also rather strongly suggests that the handgun in question was likely one without any sort of external safety mechanism.

I hope the Detroit PD immediately bans the use of said holster until it is conclusively ruled out as a contributing factor to Ms. Miller’s death. In general, most firearms-related deaths are either intentional or negligent in nature, but the sparse details available this far suggest that Adaisha Miller may be one of the rare examples of an actual accidental firearms death. My prayers go out to here and her family, and to the officer, who was obviously a family friend.

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  1. david7134 says:

    When I was a resident in Baton Rouge, there was a yearly police convention. It was always good for the surgeons as they could get several operations out of the cops shooting themselves or others. It is not wise to be around a cop with a gun. They really don’t know how to handle the thing.

  2. shooter says:

    It was reported later that it was a .40 cal Smith and Wesson semi-auto…probably an M&P. And, that it was in an IWB holster made of “soft” material…whatever that means.

    We haven’t heard *all* details yet…

  3. JTwig says:

    I believe the PD already released a report stating the pistol was in a waist holster, and have already cleared the officer of any wrong doing. This makes it extremely wierd that she was shot in the chest, unless she was hugging his leg or the bullet did some truly impressive acrobatic manuevers. I’ll have to double check that and provide a link for anyone who is intrested.

  4. Joe Mama says:

    She must have made a furtive movement.