The accidental killing of a 12-year-old girl during an eviction earlier this month has led to homicide charges against the girl’s father.
Donald Meyer, 57, was charged Thursday with criminal homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 11 death of his daughter Ciara at their home in Penn Township, Fox 42 reported.
Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender said Meyer’s “extremely reckless actions” led to his daughter death.
Authorities said Meyer pointed a loaded rifle at a constable who had gone to the home to carry out an eviction. The constable, Clark Steele, fired a single shot in return. The bullet traveled through Meyer’s arm and struck Ciara who was standing behind her father, the station reported.
Perry County Coroner Michael Shalonis said the girl died of a single gunshot wound, according to the station.
Bender said Steele shot at Meyer in self-defense and will not face charges.
Meyer was jailed after the shooting. He is being held without bail.
He was already facing an assault and weapopns charge. His public defender did not immediately return a phone call from the Associated Press seeking comment on the charges.
Fox 42 quoted the district attorney as saying that Meyer was not allowed to own a firearm because of a previous involuntary mental health commitment. Bender said Meyer falsified records in order to buy the guns.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.