March 12, 2014

patrooperJoAnne Miller was shot and killed by her husband, a state trooper, on Friday in Montgomery County, Pa. Image credit: YouTube

The woman was 22 weeks pregnant at the time of the shooting; unfortunately the baby did not survive the incident despite efforts to save it at the Mercy Suburban Hospital.

The officer, Joseph Miller, was apparently cleaning his gun when it accidentally went off, killing his wife. The police have issued a statement claiming that the shooting was accidental, this despite there being no actual investigation into the incident yet.

The shooting took place at the couple’s home on the 3000 block of Stoney Creek Road in East Norriton Township, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said.

According to

“Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and East Norriton Township Police Chief Karyl Kates have opened a joint investigation into the shooting.”

The officer has not been detained as of yet, proving once again that somehow police and other government agents are immune to the laws which they enforce on the rest of us. According to the legal dictionary, an act of involuntary manslaughter consists of

“In most states involuntary manslaughter results from an improper use of reasonable care or skill while performing a legal act…”

What the officer has done clearly constitutes involuntary manslaughter but it is likely -considering it will be his fellow policemen investigating him- that he will not be charged with a crime.


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