Woman was on her knees when Detroit officer's gun went off

12:25 PM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Adaisha Miller was on her knees while dancing behind an off-duty Detroit police officer early Sunday when his holstered gun fired, striking her in the chest, a police official familiar with the investigation told the Free Press today.

The official said that explains how Miller was shot in the chest while dancing behind Officer Isaac Parrish during a fish fry early Sunday at his home on Archdale. The official said the angle of the gunshot is possible because Miller was not standing.

The official described it as some type of "exotic dance" where Miller, 24, was tugging at Parrish's waist.

Miller's family members strongly disputed that account today.

Yolanda McNair, Miller's mother, said she was told by witnesses at the hospital that her daughter and Parrish were side by side and were hugging when the gun went off. She questioned why Miller would be on her knees dancing with a stranger since she and Parrish didn't know each other.

"We deserve the truth," she said.

The shooting is still being investigated. Parrish, a 16-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative restricted duty.

Police say preliminary findings show the shooting appears to be an accident, and Parrish did not touch his gun, which was in a soft holster on the right side of his waist.

It is optional for Detroit police officers to carry their weapons while off-duty.

The official said police did not give Parrish a Breathalyzer, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The source added there was no odor of intoxicants, the officer's speech was not slurred and he took a field sobriety test.

According to department policy, "off-duty officers are prohibited by state law from carrying a firearm if their blood alcohol level is 0.02% or above."

It's unclear whether Miller had been drinking when the shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The early investigation shows the holster Parrish was using may have allowed the trigger of his gun to be "manipulated" while the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 was stored.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said at a news conference Monday that the department does not have a policy regarding what holsters officers should use. Also, he said the department-issued guns do not have an external safety, but the gun has one in the trigger.

In most incidents, he said, a weapon "does not go off without the trigger being engaged in some manner."

Detroit Free Press

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