Hillsborough County authorities say gunplay in February left one man dead and a second man facing manslaughter charges.
According to investigators, a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were carrying out hypothetical attacks against each other, with the younger man holding a knife and the elder man holding a firearm he believed to be unloaded.
As the two men acted out various methods of attack against each other the 24 year old leveled his firearm at the younger man and, believing it to be unloaded, squeezed the trigger. Unfortunately both men soon discovered that the gun still held a round, which discharged from the barrel and struck the body of the younger man.
Two other residents of the home responded to the sound of the report, allegedly finding the defendant with the firearm in his hand and the younger man bleeding from a gunshot wound to his cheek. One of the other residents contacted 9-1-1 to summon help while the defendant applied pressure to the wound in an attempt at slowing the bleeding.
Despite first responders’ best efforts, the younger man expired at the hospital. A ten-week investigation ensued, culminating with the issuance of a warrant for the defendant’s arrest. He was apprehended on Tuesday and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of manslaughter with a weapon. He also faces a charge of DUI after an arrest on Wednesday, shortly after he posted bond and was released on the previous charge.
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