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Mary Esther teen charged with manslaughter

Matthew Gunn was arrested Tuesday morning by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Matthew Gunn was arrested Tuesday morning by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 10:43 AM CDT
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FLOROSA, Fla. (WJHG) - A Mary Esther teen has been charged with manslaughter after deputies say he accidently shot his friend with a AK-47 when they were playing around with it.

According to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies, deputies were called to 19-year-old Matthew Gunn’s apartment just before midnight Monday. Deputies say they found Gunn hysterical outside.

Inside the apartment, deputies found Hugo Sanchez, 21, of Fort Walton Beach, dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies say they also found an AK-47 with a round in the chamber and a magazine insert nearby.

Gunn told deputies he and Sanchez were tossing the AK-47 back and forth when he pulled the trigger thinking it was unloaded.

Gunn was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

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