KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A man was arrested on manslaughter charges after he accidentally shot and killed his sister's boyfriend while they were looking at a gun, Kissimmee police said.
Police said Maria Gonzalez, her boyfriend, Henry Antonio Ortiz-Reyes, 25, and her brother, Henry Gonzalez-Galay, 20, pulled into a Shell gas station Monday. Maria Gonzalez went inside the store on West Columbia Avenue to pay for gas, while the two men stayed inside the car, officers said.
Detectives said Ortiz-Reyes removed a gun from a book bag in the front seat and showed it to Gonzalez-Galay. As Gonzalez-Galay took the gun from Ortiz-Reyes, he put his finger within the gun's trigger guard and accidentally fired it, striking Ortiz-Reyes on his right shoulder, police said.
Officers said when Maria Gonzalez came outside, she saw Ortiz-Reyes lying on the ground by the passenger side of the vehicle. Police said Maria and her brother put Ortiz-Reyes in the car and she drove him to the hospital, where he later died.
Intially when questioned there by police, the suspect allegedly denied knowing what happened.
Police said he even went so far as to hide the evidence.
Officers said Gonzalez-Galay emptied the ammunition from the gun and threw it in a dumpster at the hospital, and also disposed of the ammunition in some bushes.
Henry Gonzalez-Galay was charged with manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. He was taken to the Osceola County Jail and held without bail.
The gun and ammunition were recovered by detectives.
Police said the shooting was an accident, but Gonzalez-Galay had the gun illegally.
The judge held him without bond, stating there was probable cause for the homicide and destroying evidence.
Gonzalez denied WFTV's request for an interview in Osecola County Jail. WFTV is talking with investigators to find out more about the revolver fired in this fatal shooting, and why they had it in the first place.