A Michigan man fatally injured an 84-year-old pro-life canvasser in his home last week, officials said.
The owner, Richard Harvey, 74, surrendered to police on Friday and was charged with felony assault and recklessly discharging a firearm causing injury in the September 20 shooting, according to the district attorney. Ionia County, Kyle Butler.
The canvasser, Joan Jacobson, told police she knocked on the door of Harvey’s home in Odessa Township and asked the woman who answered the door to vote against Proposition 3 in November – which would amend the state constitution to guarantee the right to abortion in the state. , if adopted.
Jacobson, a longtime Right to Life of Michigan volunteer, told the Detroit News on Thursday that she was told to leave the scene when she “heard a gunshot” and “felt pain.”
She then went to a local police station and was later treated for a gunshot wound to her right shoulder at a hospital, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Harvey told local news outlet WOOD-TV that he accidentally shot Jacobson while she was arguing with his wife after he repeatedly told her to leave their property.
He said he heard arguing coming from his barn and fired a warning shot at a tree with his wife’s .22 caliber rifle. But he said the woman kept “ranting and raving” and waving her clipboard wildly.
Harvey said he feared Jacobson would hit his wife with the clipboard.
“So without thinking, I went and bludgeoned him with the rifle and my finger was still in the trigger guard. He left and hit her.
The weapon discharged into the clipboard before hitting her, prosecutors said. Jacobson denied ever waving his clipboard.
Most abortions are illegal in Michigan due to a 1931 state law. The law was suspended in May and struck down earlier this week as unconstitutional.
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