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U.S. father who mistakenly killed daughter held on drug charges

Published : 21 May 2019, 00:36

  DF-Xinhua Report

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A U.S. father who mistook his daughter for a potential intruder and killed her on Sunday has been arrested on drug charges, authorities said Monday.

Deputies of Greenville County, state of South Carolina, said officers responding to the early Sunday shooting found heroin and cocaine in the home of 43-year-old Jermaine Tramone Pressley.

Pressley heard someone trying to enter his home, so he shot through a door, according to a statement by Sheriff's Office Lt. Jimmy Bolt.

The gunfire, said the coroner's office, fatally wounded his daughter, 23-year-old Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley.

An autopsy is set for Monday.

Jermaine Pressley is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, police said.

The investigation into the shooting is continuing.