Police shot and killed a 12-year-old girl in Duncannon, Pennsylvania as they were in the process of evicting her family from their home. But now it is the girl’s father who is being charged with homicide. Local WHTM reports that the girl’s family members identified her as Susquenita Middle School student Ciara Meyer. She was described by her uncle as a “wonderful girl, full of life.”
The local news source, The Sentinel reported further that Pennsylvania State Constable Clarke Steele was the one who had gone to the apartment on Tuesday. He said he was there to enforce an eviction order for the family. He claims that Ciara Meyer’s father, Don Meyer, pointed a .223 caliber rifle at his chest. That remains unconfirmed as of now.
Police are saying that Steele fired at Meyer, but the bullet went through Don Meyer’s arm and then hit in Ciara Meyer, who was to the side and behind him. Ciara was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her father was flown to a hospital and is expected to survive. The Susquenita School District website posted that “a police incident has taken place late this morning at the Pfautz Apartments in Duncannon.”
“The administration is working now to address potential impacts of this incident on our Staff and Students,” the statement said.
Neighbors say Ciara was a “very kind, sweet kid. Here’s a little girl that doesn’t even have a chance to grow up and live her life, and all because of this senseless act. It’s horrible, absolutely heartbreaking.” Meyer has now been charged with homicide and involuntary manslaughter, but he says the police and constables are to blame.
“They’re responsible for the murder and shooting of my daughter and me, and now it’s a big cover-up.They’re charging me with a felony for protecting my family?” Meyer said. “Heck no. Now they’re charging me with murder of my own daughter. My God they stole everything from me. Everybody knows I love kids. I wouldn’t have killed her,” Meyer said.
Meyer says that because Pennsylvania does not consider constables actual police officers, but elected officials selected through the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, he was not authorized to enter his home to serve the warrant.