The young woman died after she hugged the off-duty police officer she was dancing with, causing his holstered gun to discharge.
Adaisha Miller would have turned 25 today. Saturday night, she was celebrating her upcoming birthday at an outdoor party in a Detroit neighbourhood. The incident that claimed her life happened about 12:30 Sunday morning.
The Detroit News reports a Detroit Police Department release as saying, "While dancing, it's alleged that the female victim embraced the officer from behind causing the holstered weapon to discharge."
The bullet hit Miller's chest, going through her heart and lung. She later died at a local hospital.
Miller's mother, Yolanda McNair, is not satisfied with the explanation the police have given for her daughter's death. She is quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying, "The story keeps changing. There's no logical reason." According to the grieving mother, police had told her Miller had been "a little flirty" with the officer and she hugged him face-to-face.
In any event, McNair cannot understand why the officer, whose name has not been released, was armed. She asked, "If you're at a party, why do you need a weapon with a round in the chamber?"
McNair was quoted by Channel 4 News in Detroit as saying, "For this to happen to her, whether they want to call it a freak accident or mistake in judgment, it should never have happened to my child and there is nothing I can do to get her back." She added, "All she wanted to do was enjoy the weekend for her birthday. She had every right to enjoy turning 25 and look beyond that."
ABC News reports the Internal Affairs Department of the DPD are interviewing witnesses and conducting an investigation. Their findings will be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to determine whether criminal charges should be laid.
The officer is on administrative suspension and will remain suspended until the investigation is completed.