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Bronze Star-winning stepdad who shot girl dead 'as she tried to sneak into the house'....
The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 24, 2013 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER and SNEJANA FARBEROV

Posted on 12/25/2013 12:58:55 PM PST by Uncle Chip

The Colorado man who police say shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after allegedly mistaking her for a burglar has been identified as a highly decorated Army officer.

According to information released to MailOnline Tuesday afternoon by officials at Fort Carson, Colorado, 2nd Lt Daniel Meade has been named in a fatal incident involving his daughter, Kiana O’Neil.

The victim, of Colorado Springs, was gunned down after a burglary was reported at her family's home.

Police spokesman Larry Herbert said the girl's stepfather fired the shot, but said it was unclear if he had mistaken the teen for a burglar.

Mr Meade, 29, is listed as an active-duty health service officer assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.....

Herbert said Kiana was entering her home early Monday morning at the time that she was shot.

Police say the girl was shot just before 6am ...

According to a recording of a police dispatch, Kiana may have been trying to sneak into the house through a basement window after a night out when she was shot.

'I heard three bangs,' neighbor Jani Harvey told the station KTRK....

Police say Kiana was struck in the stomach and chest, and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition....

Her stepfather hasn't been arrested and it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether charges should be filed.

Colorado's 'Make My Day' law allows residents to defend themselves against intruders.

According to highcaliberdefense.com, the 'Make My Day' law permits homeowners to fire at intruders only if they are certain the intruder will commit a crime other than trespassing. They are permitted to fire if the intruder plans to use physical force, no matter how slight.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; castledoctrine; danielmeade; kianaoneil; standyourground
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1 posted on 12/25/2013 12:58:55 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

How do you win a Bronze Star? I guess the writer won the jackpot when he got the job.


2 posted on 12/25/2013 1:01:27 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

How do you spend ten years in the military as a 2nd lieutenant?


3 posted on 12/25/2013 1:04:48 PM PST by pgobrien (Independence Day.....not 4th of July!)
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To: Uncle Chip

A complete tragedy! Prayers for the family!


4 posted on 12/25/2013 1:05:58 PM PST by Perseverando (Obamanation/Obamastan: It's ALL about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: pgobrien
How do you spend ten years in the military as a 2nd lieutenant?

Could have spent 3 years enlisted then went to OCS.

5 posted on 12/25/2013 1:07:07 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: pgobrien

Go up to Staff Sergeant as a medic, then go to OCS.


6 posted on 12/25/2013 1:07:31 PM PST by AbnSarge
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To: Uncle Chip

Verbal commands and a good tac light would have prevented this.


7 posted on 12/25/2013 1:11:02 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: Uncle Chip

I can’t believe that it took TWO pixies from journalism school to write this piece of crap. The victim was “gunned down”? Gimme a break. Somebody has been watching to much TVLand.


8 posted on 12/25/2013 1:13:27 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans. "Whatever" to everybody else!)
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To: Uncle Chip

How awful.


9 posted on 12/25/2013 1:13:57 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It’s just a natural reflex for them anymore to go into the vapors whenever a gun is involved.

It would have been so much acceptable to the writers it he had bashed her head in with a baseball bat as she climbed in the window


10 posted on 12/25/2013 1:20:03 PM PST by digger48
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To: riverrunner
Verbal commands and a good tac light would have prevented this.

and perhaps checking your stepdaughter's room before grabbing the gun at 6:00 AM and remembering that you locked her out of the house the night before when she missed curfew.

11 posted on 12/25/2013 1:20:41 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

I am sorry but nobody knows for certain what another person will or won’t do if you shoot them first.

This law is written in an incredibly assinine way, if it was explained correctly by the propagandist journalist.


12 posted on 12/25/2013 1:21:17 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: mountainlion

depends if you’re in the military, McDonalds, or the 2nd grade.


13 posted on 12/25/2013 1:22:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I’m sure it is written in such a way as to assure prosecutorial involvement.


14 posted on 12/25/2013 1:26:08 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: pgobrien

Enlisted so many years rising to at least an E-5 or higher - then was commissioned as an officer...2ndLT would be the first...


15 posted on 12/25/2013 1:47:53 PM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: Uncle Chip

Did the idiot ask who was there?

If he knew his daughter was out, what, did he forget her name?

Sorry. Trigger happy moron. All for defending your property, but you start by yelling a warning at least.


16 posted on 12/25/2013 1:48:32 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Uncle Chip

Sad. RIP.


17 posted on 12/25/2013 1:49:57 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Uncle Chip

Not being there and knowing exactly what happened - prayers go out to this family and father...and I’m not relying on this article to tell the rest of us each and every detail...basically, I’m not judging the father in this tragedy off of this politically motivated article promoting the anti-gun position...


18 posted on 12/25/2013 1:50:32 PM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: mountainlion

did he get it in a lottery?


19 posted on 12/25/2013 1:55:58 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Uncle Chip

I didn’t see where Mr. Meade had knowingly locked the 14 year old out of the house the night before.


20 posted on 12/25/2013 2:01:11 PM PST by healy61
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To: Uncle Chip

Well, shooting his wife’s daughter dead is probably going to play hob with the marriage.

(A sad story. And I really hate the term, “Make my Day” law. As if any rational person takes pleasure in killing another person.)


21 posted on 12/25/2013 2:01:23 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Regulator

If I were the police or the Army Ranger biological father, I would be asking some tough questions of the “hero”.

It’s 6:00 AM — who burgles a house at that time in the morning?

When you locked up the house the night before, did you know that your stepdaughter was not yet home?

Did you deliberately lock her out??

Why didn’t she have a key to the house???

Have you ever known her to enter the house through that basement window before??

Have you and her mother been having trouble with her, as in disputes over staying out past curfew??


22 posted on 12/25/2013 2:02:05 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: mountainlion

How do you win a Bronze Star? I guess the writer won the jackpot when he got the job.

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Well, it appears that it took two idiots to write this article, and they probably both think the Bronze Star is similar to the Bronze Medal in the Olympics.

Here’s another gem they put together:

...Kiana may have been trying to sneak into the house through a basement window after a night out when she was shot.


23 posted on 12/25/2013 2:03:05 PM PST by Bigg Red (Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!--Ps97)
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To: pgobrien

Meade, 29, ...”

Over the course of his decade-long military career, Meade has racked up more than a dozen various awards and commendations, including a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal and Global War of Terrorism Service Medal.

According to his military record, Mr Meade is also an Iraq War veteran.


24 posted on 12/25/2013 2:04:24 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: riverrunner

Yep. You have to identify your target and determine intent.


25 posted on 12/25/2013 2:06:11 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Uncle Chip

There are many questions to ask about this story.

But, it’s possible that the stepdaughter snuck out of the house after the mother and stepfather went to sleep, in which case they wouldn’t have known that she’d gone out.

That doesn’t excuse the stepfather, of course. I’m just trying to figure out what happened here, too.


26 posted on 12/25/2013 2:12:38 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Uncle Chip
The Colorado man who police say shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after allegedly mistaking her for a burglar

I almost did the same thing myself.

Shortly after I married my wife she woke me and told me she heard someone downstairs. .

There should have been no one else home because both step kids had gone to spend the night with friends.

I grabbed my Colt 1911 and went down stairs. The light in the stepson’s room was on. I pulled back the hammer on my Colt and spoke in a loud firm voice “Is that you Eric?”

He stepped out of his room and turned a whiter shade of pale as he stared down the barrel of a loaded firearm and a stern faced stepfather.

I really didn’t think it would be Eric because it was after midnight and the dead of winter. He had walked home 3 miles in about 15 degree temperatures in a light coat. I thought he was smarter than that. But since then he has proved me wrong again and again.

27 posted on 12/25/2013 2:15:39 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Uncle Chip
When you locked up the house the night before, did you know that your stepdaughter was not yet home?

Maybe she was at home?

I know it's hard to believe, especially here on Free Republic where we all have perfect children, but sometimes teenage girls do crazy things like put on their jammies, say "goodnight mom and dad" and go to bed. And then later, much later, they wake up, put on something cute and sneak out of the house to do things they shouldn't be doing (but that their parents probably did when they were teenagers). And then a few hours later they sneak inside through a window so no one hears the door open, put their jammies back on, 'wake up' and say "good morning mom and dad!"

Crazy, I know.

Anyways. Sad story all around but a lesson to the rest of us (especially those parents who obviously don't post on Free Republic because they have teenage kids who do this kind of stuff): Know what you're shooting at before you pull the trigger and heartbreaking tragedies can be avoided.

28 posted on 12/25/2013 2:18:41 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Uncle Chip

I know this is easy for me to say at this point but I think The old rule of “Identifying your target” applies here.


29 posted on 12/25/2013 2:35:59 PM PST by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Uncle Chip

I see this as a time for sorrow. Of course there are reasons to question what happened, but gee whiz folks, take a chill pill. However misguided the step-dad’s actions, I don’t think for a moment he thought he was shooting his step-daughter. That loss would certainly put his whole life in jeopardy, his relations with the rest of the family, and possible criminal charges on top of that.

What guy would choose this eventuality?

I am very saddened by what took place, and my sympathy goes out to this family. They need all they can get right now.


30 posted on 12/25/2013 2:45:32 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Tragic situation.

But the media is exploiting it to advance their anti-gun agenda.

We hardly ever hear of lives saved by people who shot or scared away criminals trying to break into their homes to murder them.


31 posted on 12/25/2013 3:29:23 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Look up these stories:

https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=nw#hl=en&q=woman+shoots+intruder


32 posted on 12/25/2013 3:33:02 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Uncle Chip
(Sighs). Preventable. As Cooper said: All guns are always loaded. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
33 posted on 12/25/2013 3:43:01 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Uncle Chip; B4Ranch; Eaker; Squantos

Good Lord.

I think I can protect my property without shooting my family.


34 posted on 12/25/2013 3:46:14 PM PST by glock rocks (If you like your health plan, you're a racist !)
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To: Drew68

I know people who have had that happen with a daughter, not even 14.


35 posted on 12/25/2013 3:47:45 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: pgobrien

He may be a mustang. That is he started out enlisted and received his commission after several years as an non-comm.


36 posted on 12/25/2013 4:22:19 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Perseverando

Agreed, But what is a 14 year old doing out at 5 am?


37 posted on 12/25/2013 4:25:15 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: BCW

Then why did you post?


38 posted on 12/25/2013 4:53:54 PM PST by DManA
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To: Uncle Chip

IDENTIFY the target!

Sorry but decorated veteran or not,the stepfather made a really stupid decision.Now his stepdaughter is dead,he probably SHOULD be prosecuted,his marriage is likely over,and he has given “ammunition” to those who say the average person can’t be trusted with guns.

The rare ,and entirely preventable, mistaken identity killings of family members is ALWAYS the fault of the shooter who failed to properly exercise “gun sense” and shot at motion or shadow without identifying if there even was a threat.It really doesn’t matter whether the boy or girl is shot trying to sneak in or out,or coming from the bathroom or an unauthorized midnight snack in the darkened kitchen. IF YOU CAN’T POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE NOISE OR MOTION AS A THREAT DON’T SHOOT.

As an aside,I am so tired of the mindset that just because someone has been in military service they are automatically better than those who weren’t.There have always been a sampling of all types in uniform and that means a few fools,slackers,con artists,thieves, addicts, and even murderers, as well as the great majority just doing a job and the true heroes.


39 posted on 12/25/2013 4:59:17 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Uncle Chip

A girl was going into her house and her step dad killed her. The only question is what should the punishment be for the killer. Some jail time at least I’d say.


40 posted on 12/25/2013 5:00:31 PM PST by DManA
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To: glock rocks

Sad . .....


41 posted on 12/25/2013 5:22:22 PM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: hoosierham

Yep — Yep — and Yep


42 posted on 12/25/2013 5:34:26 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Pontiac

“I thought he was smarter than that. But since then he has proved me wrong again and again.”

Most kids will do that.


43 posted on 12/25/2013 6:02:11 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Squantos

How about:

HALT! Who goes there!

Daddy, It’s me.

Come here sweetheart/dumbass.

You know you coud have been hurt? You’re grounded!


44 posted on 12/25/2013 6:02:14 PM PST by glock rocks (If you like your health plan, you're a racist !)
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To: mountainlion

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER SHOOT at an unidenrified target...NEVER... this guy was in the military...no excuses whatsoever...none....I have no idea who trained him in handling a firearm, but they get an “F” pathetic story, but EVERYBIT his fault, 100%.....period!!!


45 posted on 12/25/2013 6:37:02 PM PST by terycarl (common sense prevails over all)
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To: Uncle Chip

There was another incident (last year?) similar to this. A father shot his son when he was sneaking into his house. Dad didn’t know son was out.

This should be a lesson to offspring living at home with gun totting parents. Parents will protect their property. Parents sooner or later will find out offspring sneaked out of the house.


46 posted on 12/25/2013 6:42:53 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Uncle Chip

certainly.


47 posted on 12/25/2013 7:18:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Horrible. No one should even consider armed home defense without having adequate lighting, optics, cameras and/or other ways of identifying someone outside or inside of a residence. And if no one is attacking or breaking in, a resident should hold his or her fire.

Many people are not acting sanely. Young folks sometimes sneak around neighborhoods while playing at night. That’s no reason to get hysterical and shoot them. Police, sometimes answering calls of burglaries in progress, will cross property lines in the dark. Residents should be aware of who is out there and whether or not they’re agressors against the residents before using violence.


48 posted on 12/25/2013 7:53:29 PM PST by familyop
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To: terycarl
"this guy was in the military"

I agree with your comment. Well said. But there is this detail from the article: "an active-duty health service officer." Some 5% or less of military personnel are in real combat specialties (that is, combat soldiers), the few weeks of basic training for many notwithstanding (initial training for a few being much more difficult and combat-oriented than for most).


49 posted on 12/25/2013 7:59:21 PM PST by familyop
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To: familyop
This is the part of the article that leaves me a bit suspicious and scratching my head:

The victim, of Colorado Springs, was gunned down after a burglary was reported at her family's home.

Police spokesman Larry Herbert said the girl's stepfather fired the shot, but said it was unclear if he had mistaken the teen for a burglar.

Did he call the police to report a burglary and then go outside and shoot her???

50 posted on 12/25/2013 9:46:45 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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