Boy, 13, held on suspicion of manslaughter in friend's shooting death

The 13-year-old boy who shot and killed his friend faced a judge in juvenile court

KELSO, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 14 shooting death of his friend.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says the boy was arrested Monday on investigation of manslaughter after an investigation into the shooting death of 13-year-old Edgar Vazquez at a home near Kelso.

The boy appeared in court Tuesday morning and posted $30,000 bail. Prosecutors are reviewing police reports before they make a final decision on formal charges.

“The crime we’re dealing with here, obviously, is very serious. And not something that is a regular occurring crime in Juvenile court," said deputy prosecuting attorney Eric Bentson.

The boy's family declined to comment, but his attorney disputed the prosecutors' concern that the boy may be a danger to others.

“My client has no criminal history. There is no indication that he is going to be a threat to the community," said defense attorney Dan Morgan.

The sheriff's office says the boy who was arrested called 911 on the day of the shooting and said he had shot his friend while playing with a gun.

Responders found Vazquez with a shotgun wound to his upper body and that he died at the scene.

Deputies say the suspect told them he had fired the shotgun previously and that he believed the gun was empty when he pointed it at his friend and pulled the trigger.

© 2017 Associated Press


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