The accident occurred during an outdoor event at 12:30 a.m. when Miller embraced the officer from behind. Police say that the hug caused an accidental discharge. It is hard to see how that would happen. Yet, the bullet punctured Miller’s lung and hit her heart. She was celebrating her recent birthday on Monday.
Even if dropped, most service weapons would not discharge. The question is whether there was an element of negligence in how the weapon was secured in the holster or whether the officer grabbed the weapon to try to stop it from falling.