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.
- The officer in question was wearing a horizontal shoulder holster.
- 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.