14-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead After Stepfather Allegedly Mistakes Her for a Burglar

29-year-old Daniel Meade, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, shot his 14-year-old step-daughter, Kiana O'Neil, about 6 a.m. as she was crawling though a window in their home. Meade thought the girl was a burglar.

Police were on the way to the home at the time of the shooting, having received a burglary in progress call. When they arrived they found Kiana with a gunshot wound.  She was taken to the hospital where she died soon afterwards.

Meade is a 10-year Army veteran who enlisted and ascended to the rank of sergeant first-class.  He is the recipient of a Bronze Star and is currently stationed at Fort Carson.

Police are still investigating and have not yet filed any charges. 

Colorado has a "Make My Day" law that allows residents to use deadly force inside their homes if they believe an intruder is intent on harming them or committing a crime. 

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