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A 19-year-old Mesa man who asked his girlfriend to bring him a bowl of ice cream Tuesday was accused of accidentally shooting and killing her, Mesa police said.
Police arrested Luis Angel Manuel Gonzalez on suspicion of negligent homicide.
Gonzalez had spent the night at his 17-year-old girlfriend’s home in the 600 block of East Kino Drive, as he frequently did, and carried his .25 caliber pistol with him, according to a police statement in court documents.
Gonzalez had taken the pistol out of his pocket and put it on a table Monday night. The next day, as Gonzalez was getting ready to leave, he asked his girlfriend to go to a table to get him a bowl of ice cream he had not eaten, court documents said.
As she did, he picked up his pistol to place it back in his pocket. He had his finger on the trigger and turned the gun to look at it. As his girlfriend approached, he said he accidentally fired the gun one time, striking the girl in the forehead, court documents said.
She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The girl’s name was not released.
Gonzalez remained at the scene and admitted to officers that he accidentally fired the weapon and also said there had been no argument or fight before the shooting.
Gonzalez had been arrested on a marijuana violation in 2016, according to court records.
He also had an active warrant for his arrest, records showed.
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