19-year-old man fatally shot while handling a weapon with a friend

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Colorado |

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Officers responded to the shooting at 12:07 a.m. Hennessey and a second man were handling a weapon when it went off, hitting Hennessey in the abdomen, police said. Hennessey was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police did not identify the second man, saying the case was under investigation.

Prosecutors with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office likely will determine whether charges are merited.

“The El Paso County Coroners Office will rule a death a homicide anytime a person dies as the result of the actions of another person,” said Lt. David Whitlock, police spokesman. “As such, no inference about criminal culpability should be made based on those rulings alone.”

The incident puts the city’s homicide count this year at eight, the same number seen this time last year. More on Gazette.com

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