Grants Pass man was using rifle as crutch when it fired, killing girl, records say

GRANTS PASS — According to court records, a man has told police he was using his assault rifle as a crutch to help him get up from the couch when it fired a burst through the ceiling of a Grants Pass apartment and killed a little girl upstairs.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reported that a police affidavit says Jon Andrew Meyer Jr. told investigators the gun went off accidentally.

Defense lawyer Gary Berlant adds that Meyer had been assured the gun was not fully automatic.

Meyer is being held on $250,000 bail on charges of manslaughter, assault and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

Authorities say he was responsible for the reckless burst of rifle fire that killed 5-year-old Alysa Bobbitt of Shady Cove and wounded apartment resident Karen Hancock. Hancock remains at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, the Daily Courier reported.

— Associated Press

Information from: Daily Courier,

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