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Pennsylvania Constable Serving Eviction Order Kills 12-Year-Old

January 12, 2016  | 

A constable serving an eviction order at a central Pennsylvania apartment fired at an armed tenant but the bullet passed through the man's arm and fatally struck his 12-year-old daughter, authorities said, reports the Associated Press.

The constable went to the apartment near Duncannon, about 10 miles northwest of Harrisburg, at about 10 a.m. Monday to enforce a district judge's eviction order, state police said Tuesday.

A man answered the door, closed it, then reopened it and exchanged words briefly with the constable, police said. He then pointed a loaded .223-caliber rifle that had been "slung and concealed along his body" at the constable's chest, police said. The girl was standing behind her father, authorities said.

The constable, investigators said, drew his own .40-caliber weapon and fired once, but the bullet went through the man's upper left arm and hit the girl. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name wasn't immediately released.

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Percy @ 1/12/2016 5:06 PM

Nice bloody work.

Gunny B @ 1/12/2016 6:17 PM

Let's see how many of the "disarm the police crowd" will say the officer shouldn't have fired, or some other nonsense. The father is 100% responsible for this terrible tragedy!! Hopefully the officer will be able to cope and return to work and still be capable of defending himself in the future. This POS should certainly be locked up for the rest of his shitty, worthless life.

God bless the soul of the innocent little girl and best of luck to the officer and his family!!!

Hoshi @ 1/12/2016 7:17 PM

Well said Gunny B.

Wayne @ 1/13/2016 4:33 AM

Percy you’re an idiot! So the officer should just let the suspect shot him right. Maybe you should blame the person who pointed a gun at the officer and it was due to his actions and not the officer that the child is dead. It is sad that this child died and should never have happened but you shouldn't point a weapon at a LEO an expect not to get shot.

OK @ 1/13/2016 4:38 AM

It is sad that a little girl had to die, but that is entirely on her father.

1AA @ 1/13/2016 6:57 AM

Father's fault. But if someone pointed a shotgun at your chest, wouldn't you get out of the way first, and then return fire?
I'd have to assume I was going to be shot while reaching for my own firearm.

Leonard @ 1/13/2016 7:30 AM

If the events happened as reported, then its truly a tragic set of events. Good luck to the officer getting back on your feet.

Robert @ 1/13/2016 8:53 AM

Just a sad situation.
1AA: I guess I have a similar thought...and I wonder if there is more to the story.
According to the story, the guy had a loaded (round chambered) AR-15 (assumption..but given the .223 and popularity of black rifles..probably accurate) pointed at the Constables chest BEFORE he moved for his gun.
So, one of 4 things happened:
1. The safety was on...or the gun somehow didn't fire...jam, misfire, etc.
2. The report failed to mention the gun firing...and the constable was not hurt.
3. The constable is the fastest draw in the world...he was able to draw and fire his firearm before the guy could depress the trigger.
4. The guy never moved to fire the weapon...or the story is not accurate to the chain of events.

So I think there will be a follow-up to this story....I will be the guy shot (or his lawyer) will have a different story.

S.S. @ 1/13/2016 10:29 AM

Too bad too many jackasses can get on this site. Father's fault. Sad all the way around though.

Mike @ 1/13/2016 11:35 AM

Robert............#5 What about suicide by cop. Guys life was obviously going down the tubes having his family evicted. Maybe he pointed it at the officer because he wanted to die. Happens more than you may think.

Robert @ 1/13/2016 12:44 PM are correct, it could be that.
I discounted that because he probably knew his daughter was behind him...but maybe he did not know she was close or didn't care (blind rage or multiple suicide).
I THINK he was trying to bluff the guy away...thinking there would be no gun shooting (#4 above). He made an error, and paid with his daughter's life.

I think his lawyer will say he never pointed the gun at the Constable...and maybe even claim someone was breaking into his home and it was self defense.
In the end it will be his word, against that of the Constable (and/or any witnesses...but the only statement I have seen, the witness said they heard a shot and then came outside).
All the statements of "fact" so far...have come from a friend (another constable) of the constable and quotes from the police report (which is the constable's statement). So unless this guy confesses or there is another eye witness...we only have 1/2 of the story.

Mike @ 1/13/2016 1:12 PM

Robert be patient and not so quick to judge. It seems like you immediately think the officer was wrong or there is a cover up. I'm sure more will come out. Either way it is a horrible situation for everyone involved. So many lives changed forever in a blink of an eye.

Know Itall @ 1/13/2016 1:34 PM

LOVE the Monday morning quarterbacks in here... "shouldn't he have used some non-lethal, judo, throwing star to thwart this attempted murder". Go back to sleep.

Leonard Mather @ 1/13/2016 2:04 PM

Looking for prime motivating factors that overarch this event, I suggest a simple moral lesson. That is: PAY YOUR RENT ON THE DUE DATE.

Percy @ 1/13/2016 3:46 PM

@ Leonard Mather

Thanks Len for that illuminating bit of advice.
I can't understand how in this economy, how anyone might be behind in their rent and bills.
Unless of course they have a rock solid no cut swivel service job.

Or the other moral here could be don't kill innocent 12 year old girls.
Guess it just depends how you look at it.

Mike @ 1/13/2016 5:36 PM

Seriously, Leonard? Half this country is one pay check away from losing their homes. That's a shity thing to say. Obviously, you have never been a father trying to do everything you can to keep your head above water. UFB, grow up!

Robert @ 1/13/2016 9:59 PM

Mike..I am trying to be impartial.
To be honest I think there is a 90% chance that the current official story is the truth...I am not a conspiracy nut.
My issue is that today we have only 1 side of the story...and I just don't think that is fair to all parties.
The best OIS I have seen, from a police / government response...was the shooting in Madison, WI earlier this year. The LEO was cleared of all charges.
However, what made that OIS different than 99% is the response of the police / government: The Police Chief did not disparage the dead person on every chance he got. He never brought up facts, that weren't known to the public. In every press conference on the shooting he attempted to bridge the divide in the community & not increase the pain to the family.
That type of response is what is needed from the LEO leadership...not the typical LEO is right / dead guy is a scumbag.
There is a difference between having a fair process & getting the result that pleases everyone.

Clay @ 1/15/2016 8:48 PM

Leonard, a little girl is dead the most important thing to you is making sure you pay your rent by the 1st of the month.

You are a disgrace.

Leonard Mather @ 1/16/2016 6:44 PM

PERCY: Your offered moral to not kill 12 year old girls was contained within the moral about "Pay your rent." Had the Perp done that his daughter would be alive, the constable would not be there serving eviction papers, and the Perp would not be in confinement. And now to reply to Clay: You have trouble seeing Irony. You missed the point in that Paying the rent is NOT the issue in life. Being a responsible father IS. This Fool obviously placed his priorities incorrectly. Had he done the right thing and paid his rent instead of arming himself with a .223 rifle to face the Constable, he would NOT be incarcerated and his 12 year old would Not have fallen victim to the imbroglio caused by dumshit Dad.

Leonard Mather @ 1/16/2016 6:56 PM

MIKE: This is just for you. Yes, I do have a daughter. I urged her to get her CCP; she did. I urged her to NOT listen to music while jogging. I gave her a holster designed for jogging women; it is below the navel. She carries an aluminum frame 5 shot Ladysmith revolver. If a Perp attacks her, she is ready to EMPTY 5 rounds in his groin area probably severing the femoral artery. He will be DOA before help arrives. I ALWAYS paid the rent, even while in Graduate School, set good examples for my daughter and we BOTH believe in "avoidance" of trouble. People who do NOT prioritize are the ones that fail to pay rent and then blame others.

Mike @ 1/16/2016 7:28 PM

Wow Leonard, you are obviously nuttier than I originally thought. Ah, hum......nevermind.

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