Lana Rae Meisner, wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner, was shot dead at the couple's home on Sunday night in what police determined to be an accidental shooting.
A Los Angeles Police Department statement provided to ABC News says police responded around 7:00 p.m. local time to a report of a shooting at the Meisner residence.
"When officers arrived they found Mrs. Meisner suffering from a single gunshot wound," the report says. Paramedics later pronounced her dead at the scene.
The police report declared, "After a thorough investigation by Valley Bureau detective personnel and the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, it was determined that Mrs. Meisner’s death was accidental. Mrs. Meisner was moving a rifle that was stored inside a case in a closet. As she lifted the rifle in the case, another item within the case shifted and hit the trigger of the rifle causing it to fire and fatally injure Mrs. Meisner."
The report also noted, "Mr. Meisner was cooperative throughout the investigation."
The LAPD also confirmed they'd visited the Meisners' home earlier the same day, noting that at around 5:30 p.m. local time, officers responded to "a radio call of a woman asking for police assistance for a possibly intoxicated male suspect" at the home. "The officers took a domestic violence incident report and left the location," the report stated.
Meisner, a bass player and singer, was a founding member of both Poco and the Eagles and sang lead on the latter's hit "Take It to the Limit," among other songs. He left the band in 1977 after the Eagles released the album "Hotel California," and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit, who had replaced Meisner when he left Poco.
Meisner carried on as a solo performer, studio musician and occasional member of a variety of bands. In 1989, he reunited with Poco for an album and tour.