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Lawyer: DPD officer responsible for death after gun fires at party

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Attorney Gerald Thurswell says Officer Isaac Parrish is responsible for the death of Adaisha Miller.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Attorney Gerald Thurswell says Officer Isaac Parrish is responsible for the death of Adaisha Miller. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
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"I don't think anybody intentionally shot her," attorney Gerald Thurswell said Friday.

However, he said the off-duty Detroit police officer whose gun went off during a party at his house is still responsible for the death of 24-year-old Adaisha Miller.  The young woman was dancing behind Officer Isaac Parrish when police say she grabbed his waist and his gun in a soft holster fired striking her in the chest.

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"The officer knew the gun was concealed.  The officer knew no one could see the gun.  The officer knew the gun was loaded.  The officer knew there was no safety.  The officer knew this was a party where people were dancing and having fun," said Thurswell.

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