Michael Huddleston: Milwaukee man fatally shoots daughter, 8, during gun safety demo
Michael Anthony Huddleston has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, and also with felony possession of a firearm
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN: A Milwaukee man, 47, admitted to fatally shooting his daughter, 8, by 'mistake' during a gun safety demonstration. Michael Anthony Huddleston has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, and also with felony possession of a firearm. Milwaukee Police said that Tiana Huddleston was shot in the chest inside her family's home in the presence of many of her siblings.
"The suspect was handling a firearm that discharged," the statement says. "The gunfire subsequently struck an 8-year-old girl. The victim arrived at a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries." The criminal complaint against him says that he told detectives he fired his gun inadvertently while trying to teach his children about gun safety. Huddleson then reportedly drove his daughter to the hospital.
Police were notified about the incident by the hospital staffers. When the police arrived and spoke to him, he said that the incident was a 'mistake'. He told investigators that he accidentally pulled the trigger while "showing off" to a group of kids, including his daughter. According to the complaint, Huddleston said he "shouldn't have tried to do no extra in front of the kids" and "I did it … I didn't try to, big mistake". As he learned about his daughter's death, Huddleston allegedly said, "I can't believe this [expletive] happened … I killed my own [expletive] daughter." Huddleston allegedly told police he had been drinking tequila before the incident.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Tiana's burial costs. "Hello my name is LaToya Singleton. I am the aunt of Tiana Huddleston. On January 15, 2022 my niece Tiana was shot and killed by her father, while in the comfort of her own home. At the time of this tragedy, Tiana's 6 other siblings were also present in the home. My sister Marquita Traylor was at Children's Hospital at the time Tiana was shot, picking up medicine for one of her other children. Our family is in desperate need of funeral cost, food, and any other items that can be donated," the page reads. "Our family has been working nonstop to plan Tiana's funeral, instead of planning her birthday party. Tiana would have turned 9 years old on February 16, 2022. Our family is devastated and overwhelmed at this time. We would greatly appreciate any help that can be provided. The money would go towards Tiana's funeral expenses, clothing for her siblings, food, and a place the family can gather after her services. Thank you in advance." Till the writing of this article, $4,160 USD had been raised of the $8,395 goal.