The bullet fired by the officer went through Donald Meyer’s arm and then fatally pierced Ciara’s chest as she stood behind him. The girl had been home sick from school and was said to be killed almost instantly.
"Mr. Meyer's reckless conduct, knowing that his daughter was standing behind him, triggered a chain of events that tragically led to the death of Ciara Meyer," Bender said in the statement.
Meyer was originally charged with several assault counts for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at the officer and is now charged with criminal homicide and endangering the welfare of a child, plus illegal possession of a firearm.
He was treated in the hospital and then released into custody where he is being held without bail in Perry County Prison.