A few days back GP noted a strange case in Detroit where an off-duty police officer’s gun just went off at a party when a woman hugged him from behind while dancing. Adaisha Miller, 24, was killed by the shot.
It sounded fishy at the time, and it’s not getting much less murky as “more information” comes out from various sources.
The police say Parrish’s gun, reportedly a .40 S&W M&P, was in a soft holster on his right hip. A lawyer for the Detroit Police Officer’s Association says it was an inside-the-waistband holster and covered by the officer’s shirt.
One expert said several questions need to be answered to know whether such an accident is possible.
David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms examiner, questioned whether the holster could pivot or whether Parrish was bending over, given that holstered guns typically point with the barrel toward the ground.
“It’s just an incredible angle that they’re asking you to believe,” Balash said. “If the muzzle of the firearm were initially in a downward position, it would be such a dramatic twisting and turning of a weapon.”
In response to those who’ve wondered how a killing shot could happen from a gun holstered at the waist, the Detroit PD have now stated that Miller was “dancing on her knees.”
The official said that explains how Miller was shot in the chest while dancing behind Officer Isaac Parrish during a fish fry early Sunday at his home on Archdale.
The official said the angle of the gunshot is possible because Miller was not standing and described it as some type of “exotic dance” where Miller, 24, was tugging at Parrish’s waist.
The Miller’s mother says that witnesses have told her that she and Parrish were “side by side and she got a birthday hug from Parrish when the gun went off.”
Though the police’s story sounds like it could be a bit fishy, the account of the side-by-side birthday hug doesn’t make any sense.
Miller’s mother says a doctor told her the bullet went through a lung and hit her heart.
Also worth noting is the fact that the police say that alcohol was not a factor despite the fact that Parrish was not given a breathalyzer or blood test at the time and that department police forbids carrying of firearms when BAC is above 0.02%.