There’s nothing about this story that doesn’t sound fishy:
A woman celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday was fatally shot Sunday when she hugged an off-duty police officer while dancing at a party, causing the officer’s service weapon to fire, according to police and her mother.
According to Stephens, the woman “embraced the officer from behind, causing the holstered weapon to accidently discharge.” The bullet punctured Miller’s lung and hit her heart, and she died at a hospital.
I’ve been mulling this over with some of my friends and we’ve come up with a few possibilities. The only way the officer’s story could hold up, as far as my friends and I are concerned, is if the firearm was in a shoulder holster and when the gun was holstered by the officer something got into the trigger guard. Why a shoulder holster? Because the bullet punctured the woman’s heart and thus must have been aimed either up or a chest level.
Occam’s razor states that the simplest explanation is probably the correct one though and the simplest explanations are the cop either had the gun unholstered in a pocket or pulled the weapon out of his holster to mess with it. I really can’t see the officer’s story holding up as most holsters would prevent the trigger from being activated by mere pressure and he was wearing the holster on his hip the gun was either upside down or the bullet perfectly ricocheted off of the ground. At this point I’m not buying the officer’s story, it just doesn’t add up.