WATERBURY — One man is dead and his roommate is facing charges after a weekend shooting that police believe was an accident.
Shawn French, 22, of 406 Mill St., was charged with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree reckless endangerment after the shooting, said Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Corbett.
His roommate and longtime friend, Dow Kling, died.
About 2:15 p.m. Sunday, the men used a .22-caliber Ruger to shoot blank rounds at each other at their Mill Street home, Corbett said. Somehow, live ammunition accidentally got mixed in with the blanks, he said.
He said it’s possible a bullet was in the chamber, unbeknownst to French, when he emptied the magazine and loaded the blanks.
When police talked to French, he lied about what had happened, at first making it sound as though someone came to his door, fired the shot and fled, Corbett said.
He then said Kling had shot himself, he said. The third time, he told police what they believe is the truth, that he accidentally shot his friend, Corbett said.
He said French apparently lied because he was scared.
French had a permit for the gun and has experience handling firearms, Corbett said.
He posted bail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Nov. 20, according to judicial records.
Like French, Kling was 22 years old. He was an inventory control supervisor at RGIS in Rocky Hill, according to his obituary.
He was involved with the Cheshire Community Theater and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, going to concerts and playing video games.
By Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant