Wife of Eagles Co-Founder Randy Meisner Killed in Accidental Shooting at North Hollywood Home, Police Say

Lana Meisner was moving a rifle out of a closet when it discharged, police say

The wife of Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles, was fatally shot at their North Hollywood home Sunday when a rifle she was handling discharged, according to police.

Lana Meisner was pronounced dead at the scene after officers responding to a report of a shooting arrived at 7 p.m. to find her suffering from a single gunshot wound, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

Officers had also been called to the home in the 3700 block of Eureka Drive earlier in the day over a domestic violence incident.

Police said Meisner was moving the rifle out of a closet when the fatal round was fired. When she lifted the rifle, which was inside a case, another item within the case shifted and hit the trigger, causing the gun to discharge.

The Associated Press reported that the 63-year-old had been shot in the head.

"After a thorough investigation by Valley Bureau detective personnel and the Los Angeles (County) Coroner's Office, it was determined that Mrs. Meisner's death was accidental," the news release said.

About an hour and a half before the shooting was reported, police said they received a call from a woman asking for help regarding a possibly intoxicated male. Officers took a domestic violence incident report and left the residence. It was unclear who the woman was or what happened at the home.

"I knew Lana, lovely lady," said neighbor Lucy Bates. "I'm very, very upset this happened."

Police said Randy Meisner was cooperative with investigators. No one has been arrested.

Meisner, who played bass and left the band in 1977, was placed under court-mandated supervision last summer after allegedly threatening murder-suicide with an AK-47 assault rifle and pills, according to a New York Daily News report.

NBC4's Jane Yamamoto contributed to this report.

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