Thursday, March 13, 2014

Things that make you go hmmm..

Police Misconduct should of course include their own families. I have in previous posts written about investigations of shootings and deaths of law enforcement with regards to their families, spouses and "others." Including harassment, rape, and domestic violence. Serve and protect might mean start at home.

And then today as I follow the trial of Oscar Pistorus, the South African equivalent to the OJ Simpson trial of yesteryear, I read the article below.

To this I ask one question: A law enforcement officer who doesn't know how to handle a weapon and does so in the presence of a pregnant spouse? REALLY?

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Police say Pa. trooper accidentally shot wife
By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: March 10, 2014

Police released the identity of a pregnant woman accidentally shot to death Friday afternoon in Montgomery County by her husband, a state trooper.

JoAnne Miller, who was 22 weeks pregnant, was taken to Mercy Suburban Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body. She died soon after she was admitted. Doctors performed an unsuccessful emergency cesarean. "The baby never had its own breathing or heartbeat," said the Montgomery County coroner, Walter Hofman.

The shooting in the home on the 3000 block of Stony Creek Road in East Norriton occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The officer pulled the trigger while taking apart his .45-caliber handgun for cleaning but did not realize the gun was loaded, police said.

"He's been distraught, cooperative," said Kevin Steele, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney.

An autopsy was performed on the woman and fetus Saturday morning.

The couple's two young children were in the home at the time and were unharmed.

County detectives are working with East Norriton police on the investigation.

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