Man Claims He Accidentally Shot, Killed Girlfriend

Police sources say shooting happened during fight over $50

By David Chang and Dan Stamm
|  Sunday, Mar 31, 2013  |  Updated 2:56 PM CDT
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Police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old woman. The victim's boyfriend claims he accidentally shot her following an argument with a neighbor who allegedly threatened him with a hammer. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez has the details.

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Police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old woman. The victim's boyfriend claims he accidentally shot her following an argument with a neighbor who allegedly threatened him with a hammer. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez has the details.

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A 28-year-old Philadelphia man says he accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend after his neighbor threatened him Saturday.

Police sources tell NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez he will be charged with murder in any case.

The man told police he was arguing with his neighbor, possibly an "uncle," in front of his home on E Seltzer Street in the Kensington section of the city around 7:45 p.m. The man claims his neighbor pulled out a hammer and threatened him during the heated exchange.

Police sources told Jaquez the argument with the uncle was over $50.

The man says he was scared for his safety and pulled out a gun but then tripped over his own feet and accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting his 27-year-old girlfriend in the neck. She was taken to the hospital where she died.

The man, who hasn't been identified, was taken into police custody as officials continued to investigate the shooting. Neither the man or his neighbor was charged as of Sunday afternoon.

Police sources told Jaquez that the man has a license to carry a firearm as well as a clean record.

The woman wasn't identified.

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