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Man accidentally kills friend while showing off handgun

(Source: Sumter Police Department) (Source: Sumter Police Department)
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

The Sumter Police Department is investigating an accidental shooting that killed a 24-year-old man.

Police responded to the scene 10 p.m. on Monday at a home in the 300 block of Bowman Drive.

Officials say DiQuon Jadar Morgan had been shot in the upper torso. He was later pronounced dead at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

According to officials, Eugene Earl Martin, 22, was showing a semi-automatic handgun to friends when it fired and struck Morgan. A clip was not in the handgun at the time of the shooting, witnesses say.

Martin was taken into custody and charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center pending bond.

“This is such a tragic situation for the individuals and families involved,” Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark III said in a statement. “However, this incident also serves as a teaching moment for anyone in possession of a firearm. Firearms should be taken seriously and safety always kept as your first thought.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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