DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says a gun worn by an off-duty officer was in a waist holster when it fired and killed a woman who hugged him at a party.
Godbee says it's possible for the trigger to be pulled because the holster is made of soft material. He says that although it was a "freak accident," the officer is "very remorseful."
He says there's no evidence the officer fired the gun.
The officer has been placed on desk duty while the case is investigated.
Meanwhile, the woman's mother says she is going "to stay on top" of the city's police department during the investigation into her daughter's death.
Yolanda McNair says Adaisha Miller would have been celebrating her 25th birthday Monday and was invited to Saturday's fish fry by friends who knew the officer.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee told reporters Monday that Miller was dancing with the officer and touching his waist from behind when his holstered handgun fired, striking Miller in the chest.
Godbee says the gun was in a waist holster made of soft material. He says there is no evidence the officer fired the weapon, but he stopped short of saying Miller may have accidentally pulled the trigger.
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