SAPD: Teen arrested for manslaughter after accidentally shooting man in head, killing him

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police say

A man in his 20s is dead after San Antonio police said he and a teenager were playing with a gun in the living room when it went off and struck him in the head. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A 16-year-old boy was arrested for manslaughter after San Antonio police said he was playing with a gun when he accidentally shot a man in the head, killing him.

The incident happened around 8:50 p.m., Friday, at a home in the 1500 block of South Elmendorf, near South Laredo and Jean Street.

Police said the man, 20, and the teen were playing with a high-powered rifle in the living room. Moments later, the teen accidentally fired the gun and fatally struck the man in the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to SAPD.

Authorities said the man and the teen are not related. Upon further investigation, the teen was arrested on a charge of manslaughter and is being held in the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center.

His identity has not yet been released by authorities.

Further details are limited, and homicide detectives are still investigating.

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