Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Dow Kling (Waterbury, CT)

Dow Kling

Waterbury man died and his lifelong friend and roommate is charged with accidentally shooting and killing him.

Dow Kling, 22, and Shawn French, 22, were firing blanks with a .22 caliber Ruger inside an apartment on Mill Street in Waterbury Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Police said the two were taking turns pointing the gun at each other and pulling the trigger. Both men thought they were blanks, but somehow live ammunition got mixed in, according to police.

Investigators called the accidental shooting “reckless.”

“I’m sorry. I wish it was me, and not him,” French said. “I wish I could trade places with him, I really do.”

Initially, police said French lied about the shooting. Police said an intruder entered the apartment, shot Kling and fled.

“I would describe it as senseless and preventable,” said Waterbury Deputy Chief Chris Corbett.

French changed his story and admitted to shooting Kling, police said.

“He thought there was a blank round in the chamber of his gun when he pointed the gun at Kling and pulled the trigger,” according to court documents. “Kling was telling him to do it.”

Arrest papers also stated there was a baby visiting at the time the gunfire went off.

French was arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter as well as first-degree reckless endangerment. He was arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court Monday morning.

A judge ordered French to hand over all of his guns. Police said there were four in his apartment at the time of the accidental shooting.

About 2:15 p.m., 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.

WATERBURY — A 22-year-old man who gunned down his good friend while playing with a pistol was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday, despite objections from the victim’s family who wanted him to go free.

Shawn French, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter earlier this year as part of a plea deal that called for a range in sentence from probation to a maximum of five years in prison.

Killed – Andrea Jinneth Corredor-Rivera (New London, MO)


NEW LONDON (AP) – A South American woman has died in an apparent accidental shooting at a northeast Missouri gun range.

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department says the shooting happened Sunday at the Salt River Gun Range near New London. Authorities say 25-year-old Andrea Jinneth Corredor-Rivera of Colombia died at the scene.

Corredor-Rivera died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie tells WGEM-TV that the woman was shooting a .500-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun when the strength of the gun’s recoil caused her to lose control. She was visiting family in the area.

The sheriff said the gun spun around in her hand, leading to a second fatal shot. No charges are expected in the case.

Andrea Jinneth Corredor-Rivera, 25, died about 9:26 a.m. at the Salt River Gun Range in rural New London near Highway 61.

Killed – Male Teen – Ryan J. Willes (Burley, ID)


BURLEY — A 16-year-old boy died at a west Cassia County home Saturday night after he was accidentally shot in the neck, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Jay Heward said Sunday that Ryan J. Willes, of Burley was shot while people at the home were cleaning their guns. The group had apparently been out shooting earlier in the day, Heward said.

Willes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene at 9:11 p.m.

BURLEY • Teenage horseplay resulted in the Nov. 2 shooting death of 16-year-old Ryan J. Willes, according to police documents released Friday.

Willes and his friends were cleaning their firearms after a day of hunting when one of the boys picked up a Benelli 12-gauge shotgun, unaware it was loaded, and pulled the trigger, investigators concluded.

“He was opening and closing the pump action and then pointed it up and pulled the trigger,” wrote Cassia County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Renz of the 14-year-old shooter, whose name was removed from the investigation reports released Friday because he’s a minor facing no criminal charges.

The slug struck Willes’ throat, killing him, in what prosecutors have deemed an accidental shooting. No charges will be filed in the case, officials announced on Thursday.

“We went over it carefully and we found no intent. It was just a tragic accident,” said Cassia County Prosecutor Al Barrus.

The owners of the home where the six boys were cleaning the guns were at a church meeting when Willes was killed, according to the police reports. They rushed home, found Willes’ body slumped against the basement wall and laid Willes on his back and blessed him before emergency responders arrived.

Investigators concluded that no malice was involved in Willes’ death.

“Everybody was good buddies and nobody had been arguing or fighting,” said Detective Jason Rogers in his report. “There was no alcohol, drugs or prescription pills being used. Everybody was in their right mind.”

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Cassia County authorities say no charges will be filed in the recent shooting death of a 16-year-old Burley boy.

Killed – Wael Ali (Atlanta, GA)


Police said Wael Ali brought a gun to the Laziza restaurant and showed it to owner Raof Sanad. Sanad handled the gun and it went off, striking Ali in the neck, killing him.

Officers nearby ran inside the restaurant and what they saw convinced them the shooting was an accident.

Ali’s twin brother, Wasel Ali, had been found dead a Maryland shopping mall in 2007. Four years later, Wael Ali was arrested in Marietta and jailed for seven months for going on trial for his twin’s murder. But relatives believe in his innocence.

However, in March of 2012, a judge declared a mistrial in Wael’s trial after 20 hours of jury deliberation. There was no direct evidence implicating Wael in the murder, and evidence was complicated by the fact that the brothers had identical DNA. He was released from custody about three weeks later.

On Friday night, Wael, 25, was killed outside Atlanta, where he’d moved to rebuild his life after his brother’s death. Police said a friend of Wael’s accidentally shot him in the front of the neck — the same location as his brother’s fatal injury.

Officer David Baldwin, a spokesman for the Marietta police, said Ali was in the kitchen of the Laziza Restaurant in Marietta about 10:30 p.m. Friday. He was showing a gun he owned to the restaurant’s owner, Raouf Sanad, a “very close family friend.”

Killed – Bradford Phillip Todd (Abbeville County, SC)

Bradford Phillip Todd

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 40-year-old Florence man was accidentally killed while hunting deer in Abbeville County.

The Index-Journal of Greenwood reports that Bradford Todd died after being shot in the back around 7 p.m. Friday in the Sumter National Forest. Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley has ruled Todd’s death an accident.

A Department of Natural Resources spokesman says another hunter in a tree stand fired the shot.

Capt. Robert McCullough says the shooter called 911 and told authorities the bullet was fired from a .300-caliber hunting rifle.

Christopher Merck has been charged with Criminal Negligence of a Firearm Resulting in the Death of a Human Being in the shooting death of Bradford Todd, 40, of Florence, according to Captain Robert McCollugh with the Department of Natural Resources.

Todd was hunting in the Sumter National Forest in Abbeville County two weeks ago when DNR says he was accidentally shot and killed by Merck.

McCollugh says Merck was in a tree stand when he fired the shot that killed Todd

Killed – Boy – William Owens (Harrison County, WV)


JARVISVILLE, W.Va. — The Harrison County sheriff says a Jarvisville woman accidentally shot and killed her grandson late Sunday night as he slept.

Sheriff Albert Marano said Tina Owens, 57, had gone outside her house at around 11:30 Sunday night after hearing some noises. The sheriff said Owens and her son, who lives next door about 200 yards away, thought there were intruders around their homes tampering with property.

“Tina went outside to investigate, in doing so she brought a 40-caliber pistol with her,” the sheriff said. “Upon hearing what she thought were intruders she fired her 40-caliber several times in an attempt to scare the intruders away. One of the shots went through her son’s residence and struck the victim, William Owens, in the chest while he lay in bed.”

Owens, 11, was sleeping.

The sheriff said the shooting appeared to be accidental. He doesn’t know if any charges will be filed.

A woman who admitted she accidentally shot and killed her grandson will spend the next year on probation.

Last summer, 57-year-old Tina Owens said she thought she heard something or someone outside, so she went on the porch and fired her gun three times to the possible intruders away. One of the bullets went into the trailer below where her grandson, 11-year-old William Owens, was asleep in his bed.

Thursday, both the defense and prosecuting attorneys said no justice would be served by putting Owens in jail.

Tina Owens said that she has to live with this the rest of her life.

The court agreed this was truly a tragic incident.

Killed – Toddler – Zoie Dougan (Rogersville, MO)

Zoie Dougan

A 4-year-old Branson girl was accidentally shot and killed Monday in the Rogersville area by a man target practicing, according to a Christian County official.

Christian County Coroner Brad Cole said that Zoie Dougan had been playing in the front yard of a house on U Highway with other children while a man was shooting at targets with a .22-caliber rifle behind the house.

“They went behind the house and she ended up in the line of fire,” Cole said.

The shooting happened at about 3 p.m., Cole said.

He said Doughan was air-lifted to a Springfield hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A southwest Missouri prosecutor will not file charges against a man who shot a 4-year-old girl to death while he was target shooting.

Christian County Prosecutor Amy Fite said she decided not to file charges against the man, whose name has not been released, after reviewing statements in sheriff’s department documents, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

The documents indicate the man did not know that the child, Zoie Dougan, of Branson, was in front of him when he fired a rifle Oct. 28 at a home near Rogersville. Records show the man was not drinking, was distraught after the shooting, and said he had not seen the child when he fired the shot, according to the documents.

Zoie’s mother, who was present at the scene, also told investigators she believed the shooting was an accident and that the man should not be punished.

The deputies’ reports, the first public records released in the shooting, indicate Zoie and her mother, Alyssa Dougan, were visiting friends at the house and were outside when a man who lived there decided to shoot at items in a burn pile in order to prepare a rifle for squirrel hunting. He aimed at a bottle about 70 feet away, keeping one eye closed while he focused, according to the reports.

The women told investigators that Zoie and another girl were running toward a swing set in the yard about the same time. The area in the yard where Zoie was shot was between the shed and the swing set.

The man said he fired one shot, then heard one of the women yell, “What was that?” He turned around and saw both women running to the area where he had just fired, the reports say. He then saw Zoie lying on the ground.

“(The man) said he never saw Zoie enter his sight picture as he looked through the scope,” the report says.

Alyssa Dougan told investigators she saw her daughter in the grass and ran over when the girl didn’t respond to her calls.

When deputies arrived, they reported Alyssa Dougan was crying and saying, “This can’t be real” and “Why?”

The reports say she also told deputies, “Don’t let (the man) get in trouble, it was an accident.”

Emergency personnel reported Zoie was unconscious and struggling to breathe when they arrived. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“(The man) was crying and emotionally upset as he described the chain of events, claiming it was a complete accident,” the report said.

He also told officers he knew shooting at that location “wasn’t good judgment. I understand that.”

Mike Brooks with the Missouri Department of Conservation says gun owners can sometimes get complacent. He says even people who handle guns on a regular basis can pick up bad habits.

“You really have to know what your target is and what lies beyond your target. A lot of responsibility comes into play when anytime you handle a firearm for any reason,” he said.

Police say a 25-year old man was target shooting in his backyard on Monday when the four year old girl ran in front of him.

“We will treat this as a crime because there’s a potential possibility of negligent manslaughter, that’s not for me to decide but we will work it as the worst case scenario,” said Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle.

The girl was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital.

“It’s real easy to lose track of where everyone is and before you know it you have a tragedy on your hands,” said Brooks.