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Pennsylvania constable delivering eviction notice shoots and kills 12-year-old girl

January 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Pennsylvania constable delivering eviction notice shoots and kills 12-year-old girl

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A constable in Pennsylvania shot and killed a 12-year-old girl while serving an eviction notice, after encountering an armed tenant in the apartment.

According to state police, the incident took place Monday morning around 10 a.m. in the town of Duncannon, located northwest of Harrisburg.

The constable showed up to enforce a court-ordered eviction notice when a man identified as Donald Meyer, 57, answered the door and became confrontational.

The constable exchanged words with Meyer, who then pulled out a loaded .223-caliber rifle that was concealed along his body” and pointed it at the constable’s chest, police said.

At the time, the tenant’s daughter Ciara Meyer stood behind him, authorities said.

Detectives said the constable drew his weapon and fired a single shot, which hit Meyer in the upper left arm, exited and then hit the 12-year-old in the head.

Paramedics pronounced Ciara Meyer dead at the scene.

Police officials said the rifle the suspect used to point at the constable contained a loaded chamber, along with a 30-round clip.

Constables are officials elected to the position in the state of Pennsylvania and hold limited law enforcement powers compared to state and local police departments.

Duties of an elected constable include serving warrants, transport prisoners and perform other duties for Pennsylvania’s district courts, the lowest level of the judiciary.

A medivac helicopter flew Meyer to Hershey Medical Center, where he was treated.

Meyer now faces charges including aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person.

Police said employees at the apartment complex witnessed the incident and provided statements to investigators.

The Susquenita School District, while not commenting on whether the girl was a student in the district, said psychologists and guidance counselors were working with counselors to provided support to students and staff.

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