Duncannon man to stand trial for daughter’s fatal eviction shooting

ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) – A Perry County man is headed to trial for criminal homicide and related charges in the fatal shooting of his 12-year-old daughter during an apartment eviction.

All charges against 58-year-old Donald Meyer were held for court after a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Richard Dougherty.

Ciara Meyer
Ciara Meyer

Police say Meyer on Jan. 11 pointed a loaded .223-caliber rifle at Constable Clarke Steele’s chest as Steele was evicting the family from the Pfautz Apartments in Penn Township. Steele fired a shot that passed through Meyer’s arm and struck his daughter Ciara, standing directly behind him, in the chest.

Donald Meyer also was held for court on felony counts of aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. He also faces misdemeanor counts of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, and terroristic threats.

Steele has been cleared of any wrongdoing and will not face any charges. Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender has said Steele fired in self-defense when Meyer placed him in “imminent and immediate fear for his life.”

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