Detroit’s police chief on Monday called the death of a Detroit woman who was shot after she hugged an off-duty police officer from behind during a party, causing the officer’s weapon to fire, a “tragic and unfortunate incident.”
I offer our sincerest condolences by what all apparent preliminary investigation indicates is a very tragic and unfortunate incident, but nothing intended at all,” Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. told reporters in Detroit.
Adaisha Miller would have celebrated her 25th birthday on Monday, family members say.
Police identified the officer as Issac Parrish, a Detroit law enforcement veteran of nearly 16 years. He was placed on administrative duties until authorities complete their investigation and report their findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Godbee said.
Miller had been invited by friends to the officer’s home in the city’s west side for a fish fry on Saturday, according to Detroit media reports.
The two didn’t know each other, police union lawyer John Goldpaugh said, the Detroit News reported.
Godbee said Miller was dancing with Parrish and had touched his waist from behind when his holstered handgun fired, striking Miller in the chest.
The bullet pierced Miller’s lung and struck her heart, authorities said. Miller died later at a Detroit hospital. Godbee said Parrish’s weapon was in a waist holster made of a soft material and worn on the officer’s right side, which would have allowed the trigger to be activated.
He said there was no indication that Parrish had touched the weapon when it went off.