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Friendly Hug Results in Accidental Death of Woman

Adaisha Miller. Family photo.

A Detroit woman was fatally shot in the chest Sunday after hugging an off-duty police officer. According to Detroit police, Adaisha Miller was celebrating her 25th birthday a day early.  She was dancing at a party when she came up to off-duty officer Issac Parrish attending the party and hugged him from behind.  His holster gun discharged accidentally and shot Miller in the chest, piercing her lung and heart. In a press conference Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said, ”Somehow in the course of dancing with the individual to his rear and touching his waist, his Detroit Police Department issued weapon discharged one time.” Miller was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Parrish was placed on administrative duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation.  Miller’s mother, Yolanda McNair, is devastated: ”For this to happen to her, whether they want to call it freak accident or mistake in judgment, it should have never happened to my child, and there’s nothing I can do to get her back,” McNair told Detroit’s WDIV-TV, adding, “All she wanted to do was enjoy the weekend for her birthday. She had every right to enjoy turning 25 and look beyond that.”

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