Woman Killed by Hugging Cop

    In this photo made with a cell phone camera, Eddie Miller, left, looks at Yolanda McNair as she holds a picture of their daughter, Adaisha Miller, in Detroit, Monday, July 9, 2012. The contact that came when Adaisha Miller hugged an off-duty Detroit police officer from behind caused his gun to go off, fatally shooting her in the chest, the police chief said Monday. Miller was celebrating what would have been her 25th birthday Monday. Chief Ralph Godbee called her death a tragic, "unfathomable" accident. "We are profoundly sad at their loss," he said, referring to Miller's family. Godbee said the gun was in a waist holster made of soft material, which would have allowed the trigger to be activated. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

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    One hug at a Detroit house party went from friendly to fatal when a woman accidentally triggered an off-duty cop’s gun. The police officer had been hosting a fish fry at his Detroit home when he began to dance with 24-year-old Adaisha Miller, who hugged him from behind and accidentally set off his gun, which fired and killed her. While the incident has been explained as an accident, Miller’s mother told the Detroit Free Press that she’s heard several versions of what happened before her daughter died and asks why the officer had “a weapon with a round in the chamber” at his own party. One gun-safety expert weighed in, conceding that shifting the officer’s waistband could have pulled the gun out of his holster, which could have made him instinctively push it back down. “If something got caught on trigger, it could have fired,” she explained. The prosecutor’s office is determining whether any charges can be pressed.

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