WILKES-BARRE — A man has now been charged for a deadly shooting in Wilkes-Barre.
Police said Brandon Switzer, 22, accidentally shot Zachary Williams, who later died at the hospital after being shot in the head Tuesday afternoon.
Brandon Switzer of Nanticoke was led by detectives into a magistrate`s office where he was charged with a misdemeanor offense of involuntary manslaughter.
The arraignment happened just hours after Wilkes-Barre police were called to a home on North Sherman Street after police said Zachary Williams was found with a gunshot wound to the head.
After talking to Switzer and a third man, Edward Berkowitz, detectives learned the three men were inside Berkowitz’s home, playing with a hand gun.
Berkowitz told police he was in the bathroom when he heard a gunshot and saw Williams bleeding from the head. He called 911.
Switzer told police he and Williams were taking the magazine in and out of the gun and working the slide action.
Police said when Williams went to take the gun from Switzer, Switzer said they didn`t realize the gun was loaded and he accidentally released the trigger killing Williams.
Police were called to the scene at 32 N. Sherman St. at about 3:50 p.m. Officers took two men into custody. City police Chief Gerard Dessoye called the men “persons of interest” in the case.