State Trooper Shoots, Kills Pregnant Wife

Doctors were unable to save the woman's baby.

A pregnant woman was accidentally shot and killed Friday by her husband, a Pennsylvania State Trooper who was cleaning his gun.

The woman, whom The Philadelphia Inquirer has identified as JoAnne Miller, was about 22 weeks pregnant when she was shot Friday afternoon at her home on the 3000 block of Stoney Creek Road in East Norriton Township, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said.

The officer, Trooper Joseph Miller, was cleaning his gun and did not realize it was loaded, police told the Inquirer. The gun apparently was not his service weapon.

JoAnne Miller was transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the District Attorney’s Office said. Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section but were unable to save her baby, the Inquirer said. 

The couple's two young children were home when the shooting occurred, the Inquirer said.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and East Norriton Township Police Chief Karyl Kates have opened a joint investigation into the shooting.

ROBERT J? HADLEY June 14, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Beege, Rita a tool of the police, he will walk..
Steve Piotrowski June 21, 2014 at 08:50 PM
The title is very misleading. When I first saw this headline, I was like "Oh no, not another police officer shooting an innocent person". He did make an unintelligent mistake, which unfortunately led to the death of his wife. What will happen to the children? Let's hope the state does not take them away. I would like to see what the family thinks he deserves.
John Santaella June 21, 2014 at 11:02 PM
If the children are unlucky they will be visiting in prison the man who killed their mother.
Beege Marshall June 22, 2014 at 04:54 AM
Ah, john ..... most often they would be better off with ANYone else besides a murderer. If he would do this to his wife and third child he is NO ONE anyone should live with or be around especially children.


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