Prosecutors claim Ciara Meyer's death was caused by her father's "reckless" conduct

By Chris Harris
Updated January 29, 2016 04:20 PM
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The father of a 12-year-old girl killed earlier this month by a bullet fired by a constable during an attempted eviction now faces charges related to her death, PEOPLE confirms.

Donald Meyer, 57, allegedly pointed his gun at the constable, according to police, who say the officer fired back in self defense. According to police, the constable shot once, and the bullet struck the father in the arm before hitting 12-year-old Ciara Meyer in the chest, killing her.

On Thursday, Meyer was charged with criminal homicide, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and reckless and child endangerment counts stemming from the shooting death of his daughter, Ciara Meyer.

A statement to PEOPLE from the Perry County District Attorney’s Office clears Constable Clarke Steele of any wrongdoing in the Jan. 11 incident, and that the officer fired his gun in self-defense.

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Police allege that when Steele tried to evict Meyer, the father pointed a loaded, semi-automatic rifle at him. Prosecutor Andrew Bender says in a statement that Meyer’s allegedly “extremely reckless actions” contributed to Ciara’s death, and that the girl “was standing behind him.”

By pointing his gun, Meyer “triggered a chain of events that tragically led to the death of Ciara Meyer,” Bender says in his statement.

Meyer is being held without bail and it wasn’t immediately known Friday if he has legal representation.

On the day of the fatal shooting, police charged Meyer with several assault counts and for allegedly making terroristic threats.