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Police say man fatally shot accidentally with stolen gun

October 26, 2019

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Police say a man was fatally shot accidentally with a stolen gun his friend was holding.

Springdale Police Lt. Jeff Taylor said 19-year-old Pedro Pena was died Friday afternoon at a hospital after officers responding to a reported shooting found him at a home on the north side of the city.

Taylor said police later arrested 18-year-old Fernando Ortiz on warrants for manslaughter, aggravated assault and theft by receiving. Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed.

Taylor said Ortiz was apparently playing with the gun when he pulled the trigger, shooting Pena in the neck.

Taylor said the gun was reported stolen in Springdale in June.