March 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Police believe that the shooting of a pregnant mother was accidental when her husband, a Skippack Barracks-based Pennsylvania State Trooper on Friday, allegedly shot her.
NBC10 reports that JoAnna Miller, 34, of East Norriton, was shot inside of her home along the 3000 block of Stoney Creek Road. Police responded around 2:25 p.m. to the reports of a shooting and found woman, who was 22 weeks pregnant, shot in the head.
Miller was “transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital, where she and her unborn child were later pronounced dead.”
Philly.com reports that the couple’s two children were home at the time but were unharmed.
“There are two children that were in the residence, and they are being taken care of by family members,” First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele told ABC6.
Police believe that the shooting was accidental, but are investigating the matter.
“He’s been distraught, cooperative,” said Steele to philly.com.
It was reported by numerous outlets that the state trooper was a seven-year veteran of the force. The officer reports that he was cleaning a .45-caliber handgun when it accidentally went off. He did not know the gun was loaded, according to philly.com.
“There is some indication at this point that it was an accidental discharge of the gun,” Steele told NBC10. “But that is under investigation at this point. I can’t go any further than that.”
An investigation will continue under the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the East Norriton Township Police Department. Autopsy reports are expected today on both the mother and the unborn child.