A man who told police he shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after mistaking her for a burglar is a 29-year-old Fort Carson officer with multiple deployments behind him and a Bronze Star for service.
Sources on Wednesday confirmed that 2nd Lt. Daniel R. Meade is at the center of the tragedy that has drawn headlines across the world.
A dispatch recording suggests that Meade opened fire on the girl about 6 a.m. Monday as she was crawling through a window of a home in the 4000 block of Ascendant Drive, off North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road.
She died of her wounds at a Colorado Springs hospital later that day.
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While investigators kept mum this week, media websites that picked up the story exploded with reader-driven debates over access to guns and Colorado’s so-called Make My Day law, which allows Colorado residents to use deadly force inside their homes if they believe an intruder is intent on harming them or committing a crime.
The law turns on whether the homeowner had the “reasonable belief” that a crime was imminent, and the answer to that question will likely determine whether charges will be filed in this case.
I wonder which would be worse, if this was indeed an accidental shooting: to be an Army officer prosecuted for killing a child in her own home, or to be an army officer not prosecuted for killing a child in her own home?