Cop shoots 12 year old girl but her Dad gets charged for her death
The father of a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl who was killed
while a constable was serving an eviction notice has been
charged with criminal homicide in his daughter’s death,
Don Meyer allegedly pointed a loaded semi-automatic
assault rife at the chest of Constable Clarke Steele as they
argued over an order to vacate on January 11.
Steele fired one round, which struck the 57-year-old father
in the arm and then pierced the chest of his daughter, Ciara,
who was hiding behind him. She died at the scene.
She had been home from school that day because she was
He now faces counts including criminal homicide,
involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, endangering
the welfare of children and illegal possession of weapons.
He is being held without bail in Pennsylvania’s Perry
County Jail and has pleaded not guilty.
Several eviction orders had been issued against Meyer,
authorities said, and he had been notified by telephone that
a constable was on the way to serve him with another
notice. Meyer met the constable at the door of his
apartment with the rifle slung over his shoulder, authorities
Meyer allegedly raised the loaded weapon and pointed it at
Steele’s chest as the two argued.
them that the next day was the day they had to be
out,” family member Hope Cordas Rohde told
INSIDE EDITION after the shooting. “Don had an
arsenal of weapons and he had them ready. He
wasn’t going to pay,” she said.
Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender has said the
constable acted in self-defense and will not be charged in
the shooting. The officer has been cleared of any
By law, Meyer was not allowed to possess firearms
because he had previously been involuntarily committed to
a psychiatric facility, authorities said. Constables who
responded to the shooting said they confiscated five
weapons at Meyer’s home.
Ciara’s family blames her father for her death and they
support the district attorney’s decison to prosecute him for
“I think he is deserving of every single charge,”
uncle Jason Gehman told ABC 27.
Ciara’s grandmother, Alice Gehman, agreed. “I hope he
never gets out,” she told the station. “Because if he does,
we are in trouble.”
Fighting back tears, family members recounted how they
recently sat down with constable Steele after he requested
a meeting with Ciara’s kin.
The officer is distraught over her death, they said.
“He just needed to have some kind of closure – that
we don’t blame him for this,” Alice Gehman said. “It
went wonderful and this man has so much pain, I
cannot even explain it to you.”
The grandmother said she wrapped her arms around the
“When I was holding him and he was saying how
sorry he was, I said ‘How are you?’ And he said, ‘I
She told him, “Just slow down, because everyone is having
trouble breathing, believe me.”