Duncannon man jailed for daughter’s fatal eviction shooting lied on gun applications, police say

Donald Meyer leaves the Perry County Courthouse May 5, 2016 after pleading not guilty to criminal homicide and other charges. (WHTM)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Perry County man awaiting trial for the death of his 12-year-old daughter during a confrontation with a constable is facing additional charges.

Donald Meyer, 58, knowingly made false statements on applications for gun purchases when answered “no” to an involuntary health care commitment, according to charging documents filed by state police.

Meyer was involuntary committed in November 2011 after he threatened to kill himself and his family, police said. Between October 2012 and December 2015, however, he purchased five guns from various gun shops in Dauphin and Lancaster counties and made an application to retrieve another gun had had placed on consignment.

The purchased guns include an IWI Tavor SAR .223 rifle, a Colt M4 carbine .223 rifle, two .22 caliber handguns, and a .380 automatic pistol.

Ciara Meyer
Ciara Meyer

Police say Meyer on Jan. 11 pointed a loaded .223 rifle at Constable Clarke Steele’s chest as Steele was evicting the family from the Pfautz Apartments near Duncannon. Steele fired a shot that passed through Meyer’s arm and struck Ciara Meyer in the chest.

Meyer blames the constable for his daughter’s death. He pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide and related charges during a court hearing in May.

Steele has been cleared of any wrongdoing and will not face any charges. Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender has said he fired in self-defense.

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