Charges pending against Puyallup boy in shooting death of friend

Staff writerFebruary 7, 2014 

Pierce County prosecutors will decide Tuesday whether to file charges against a teenage boy who accidentally killed a 13-year-old friend Thursday while showing off a shotgun.

The boy made his first court appearance Friday and will remain in Remann Hall until the hearing next week. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Eddie Holmes.

Deputy prosecutor Kevin Benton said Friday that additional investigation is needed before any charging decisions can be made.

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Puyallup police said five boys, aged 12 to 14, were hanging out at a house in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast after school Thursday when one of the boys retrieved his stepfather’s new shotgun from its hiding place behind a headboard.

According to court documents, the alleged shooter asked to see the gun and pulled the slide back, which caused a shotgun shell to load from the magazine. Just as the teen asked if that was how the gun worked, the shotgun fired and a shell struck Holmes in the chest.

After the shooting the boy who lived there returned the shotgun to its hiding place and called his parents for help. Another boy applied pressure to the wound.

When police arrived, officers said they found the boy who’d fired the gun “obviously distraught” and kneeling in the driveway. Three of the other boys were also outside. One boy remained inside the living room with Holmes, who died shortly thereafter.

All of the boys agreed the incident was an accident.

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