Pregnant Wife Accidentally Shot, Killed by State Trooper
Was cleaning gun at the time: police
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2014 2:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Pennsylvania state trooper accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife while cleaning his gun in their East Norriton home Friday. Police say he didn't realize his .45-caliber handgun was loaded and pulled the trigger while taking it apart; the bullet hit JoAnna Miller, 34, in the head, NBC Philadelphia reports. She died soon after at a hospital, where doctors performed a C-section but could not save her unborn baby. "The baby never had its own breathing or heartbeat," says the coroner.

Police say the unnamed husband was the one to report the incident, which did not involve his service weapon, and that he has been "distraught" and "cooperative." Miller (the Philadelphia Inquirer has her name as JoAnne) was 22 weeks pregnant. The couple's two young children were home at the time, but were not hurt. Neighbors described the couple as happy.

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Jun 11, 2014 6:51 AM CDT
"Accidentally"? Are you really going to tell me that by now, this State Trooper does not know how to clean a gun safely? If that is true, he should be fired.
Mar 13, 2014 4:59 AM CDT
Accidents do happen, but the way I see it is that unless the bullet went through a wall and accidentally struck her, why on earth was the gun even pointed in her direction if she was in the same room? Gun safety dictates never aim a gun unless you intend to shoot it and even then, never aim it if there is a likelihood of injuring an innocent bystander. Always remove the magazine and clear the chamber before cleaning or dry firing.
Mar 12, 2014 6:58 PM CDT
ONE OF ''THEIR FINEST'' is now a free man...tell me he has been arrested OR--IS THE BUDDY SYSTEM IN EFFECT OVER THERE ALSO..