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Manslaughter Charges

Posted on 21st November 2017 at 08:39

Dawson A. Dunn, 13, of Kelso is now being charged with first-degree manslaughter, arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of his friend on October 14th of this year. 13 year-old Edgar Vasquez of Kelso died after being hit with a shotgun round, an incident that Dunn claims was an accident as they were playing with the gun. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reports on the arrest of Dunn, based on the evidence of their investigation from the night of October 14th. They say Dunn told Deputies that he had been shooting the shotgun earlier in the day of the shooting, and he had ejected a shell from the gun. He then racked the gun another time, and based on what he saw, Dunn thought the gun was empty. Dunn says that he pointed the gun at Vasquez and pulled the trigger, and then he was surprised when it went off. Vasquez was hit in the upper body, and he died at the scene. Dunn says that he didn’t mean to shoot his friend, but Deputies still don’t know why he had the gun pointed in the direction of Vasquez. Under the advice of legal counsel, Dunn has not been interviewed. Dunn is currently being held without bail in the Cowlitz County Juvenile Detention Facility, and is due for a court hearing later today. The Sheriff’s Office states that the decision to charge Dawson Dunn rests with the Prosecuting Attorney.