Police just shot and killed a 12-year-old girl in Duncannon, Pennsylvania as they were in the process of evicting her family from their home.
Local WHTM reports that the girl’s family members identified her as Susquenita Middle School student Ciara Meyer.
On Monday, Pennsylvania State Constable Clarke Steele was serving an eviction notice to Donald Meyer, 57, in Penn Township when Meyer slid a .223-caliber rifle into view and pointed it at Steele’s chest, Pennsylvania State Police said.
“Constable Steele, who was in uniform, quickly removed his .40 caliber duty weapon from its holster and fired a single round striking the suspect in his upper left arm,” police said.
The bullet passed through Meyer’s arm and struck his 12-year-old daughter, who was standing behind him, in the chest. Family members identified her to CNN affiliate WHTM-TV as Ciera Meyer.
‘I burst into tears’
A neighbor heard the shot. When she found out who died, “I burst into tears,” she told WHTM. “I can’t understand it; it’s horrible.”
She dreaded telling her young daughter.
“She’s not going to handle it very well. It’s horrible. How do you tell a little girl that something like this happened? How do you explain that? I’m an adult, and I don’t understand it,” said the woman, whom WHTM did not name.
Donald Meyer was flown to a hospital for treatment. He has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terrorist threats and recklessly endangering another person.
Employees of the apartment complex had accompanied Steele to Meyer’s address and witnessed the shooting, police said.
The rifle Meyer carried was loaded, had a bullet in the chamber, and its magazine was filled with 30 rounds.
Her father was flown to a hospital and is expected to survive.
Ciara’s autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.
The Susquenita School District website posted that “a police incident has taken place late this morning at the Pfautz Apartments in Duncannon.”