A 24-year-old woman has died after she hugged an off-duty police officer at a party, causing his handgun to accidentally fire.
Adaisha Miller was celebrating her forthcoming 25th birthday at a party in Detroit in the early hours of Sunday morning when the accident happened.
Detroit Police sergeant Eren Stephens said Miller “embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidentally discharge”.
The bullet punctured Miller’s lung before entering her heart. She was taken to hospital but died soon after.
Adaisha’s distraught mother told television station WDIV-TV: “For this to happen to her, whether they want to call it freak accident or mistake in judgment, it should have never happened to my child, and there’s nothing I can do to get her back.
“All she wanted to do was enjoy the weekend for her birthday. She had every right to enjoy turning 25 and look beyond that.”
The Detroit officer, who has not been named, has been placed on administrative duties while the accident is being investigated by police. The local prosecutor’s office will also conduct an investigation into the shooting.
A lawyer for the Detroit Police Officers Association said that the police officer was distressed by what had happened.
John Goldpaugh told the Detroit Free Press: “This was just a freak accident. They were having a party and the next thing, a woman is dead. He’s devastated by what happened.”