Central Pa. girl, 12, shot and killed in eviction dispute

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Ciara Meyer

A 12-year-old Central Pennsylvania girl died Monday morning after she was struck by a bullet meant for her father.

According to PennLive.com, Ciara Meyer, of Penn Township in Perry County, was shot during an altercation between her father and a constable, who were arguing over an eviction notice.

The website reported that shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, 46-year-old Constable Clarke Steele knocked on the apartment door of 57-year-old Donald Meyer, who answered with a .223 rifle slung over his shoulder.

After a short argument in the doorway, Meyer pointed the rifle at Steele's chest.

Steele then pulled his handgun from its holster and shot Meyer in the upper left arm. The bullet went through Meyer's arm, and hit Ciara, who was standing behind her father. Ciara was pronounced dead at the scene, the website reported.

Meyer was charged with aggravated and simple assault, as well as reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats. The website reported that Meyer and his wife, Sherry, owed $1,780.85 in back rent and costs. The landlord delivered a formal complaint against the Meyers on Dec. 3, and then served the eviction notice on Dec. 30.

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