Accidental Suicide Under Investigation in Boyle Heights

By City News Service

A drunken 38-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself with a handgun at a Boyle Heights residence on Monday as a friend was trying to take the weapon away from him, police said.

The shooting occurred in the 3200 block of Folsom Street at 12:15 a.m., said Sgt. Peter Gamino of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.

“A husband and wife were home with a 38-year-old friend, showing off a gun, and the husband tried to take the gun away from the drunk friend because he didn’t want the friend to shoot himself,” Gamino said. The friend tried too hang onto the weapon and, in the struggle, shot himself in the head, he said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Gamino said.

Investigators were checking for gunpowder on the hands of the dead man and the host to corroborate the account related to police, Gamino said.

If true, “the guy had good intentions. He just couldn’t get his friend to let go of the trigger,” he said.

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