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(NECN/WDIV: Detroit, Mich.) - A sleeping 7-year-old girl was shot and killed in Detroit Sunday when an officer's gun discharged while searching a duplex for a suspect in the slaying of a teenager, police said.
Aiyana Jones' father shared his distress.
"I would like to say that y'all killed an innocent child, my only daughter that I will never ever get back," Charles Jones said. "She was my pride and my joy, that's what made me happy and I will never be the same man again not without my daughter -- y'all ruined my life."
Assistant Police Chief Ralph Godbee said Jones was shot in the neck by a single bullet while sleeping on the couch and died at the hospital.
"This is any parent's worst nightmare. It also is any police officer's worst nightmare," Godbee said.
Godbee said officers with the department's Special Response Team set off a flash grenade as they entered the apartment with their guns drawn about 12:40 a.m. Sunday with a warrant to look for a suspect in the Friday slaying of a 17-year-old boy.
The lead officer encountered a 46-year-old woman immediately inside the front room of the house and "some level of physical contact" ensued during which the officer's gun went off, Godbee said. The officers had identified themselves as police, he said.
"We cannot undo what occurred this morning," Godbee said. "All we can do is to pledge an open and full investigation and to support Aiyana's family in whatever way they may be willing to accept from us at this time."
The 34-year-old male suspect was arrested during the search. Charles Jones said the suspect was in the upstairs apartment -- not his.
Video courtesy of WDIV. Material from The Associated Press used in this report.