Police Say Pa. State Trooper Accidentally Shot, Killed Pregnant Wife

AP

Police said a Pennsylvania state trooper accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife Friday while cleaning his gun, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

JoAnne Miller, who was 22 weeks pregnant, died soon after being admitted to a Montgomery County, Pa. hospital, according to the Inquirer. Doctors performed an emergency cesarean surgery but the baby never had its own heartbeat, according to the country coroner.

Police said the shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The state trooper pulled the trigger on his .45-caliber handgun while taking it apart for cleaning without realizing the gun was loaded, they said.

The incident was still being investigated Sunday. Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele told the newspaper that the state trooper was distraught but cooperative.

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