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May 4, 2013

Colorado man dies after accidental shooting in Park City

A Colorado man accidentally shot by a friend with a .22 magnum Friday evening in Park City has died, police said.

A Colorado man accidentally shot by a friend with a .22 magnum Friday evening in Park City has died, police said.

Eloy Portillo-Meza was pronounced dead about 12:20 a.m. Saturday after he was rushed in critical condition to Wesley Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to his abdomen, Park City Police Chief Phil Bostian said. The 36-year-old Denver man was visiting the owner of the gun — a friend who lives at the home, in the 1600 block of East Gary, where the shooting occurred — when the .22 magnum discharged around 9 p.m. Friday, he said.

“The (gun) owner thought he had unloaded the gun and was in the process of putting it back together, and that’s when it went off,” Bostian said.

The Park City man was taken into custody after the shooting but was released following questioning by police, Bostian said. The department plans to present the case to Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett’s office next week, he said; it’s unknown whether charges will be filed.

The gun owner suffered minor injuries to a hand when the weapon discharged and was treated at the scene, Bostian said; Portillo-Meza died at the hospital. Both men involved are around the same age, he said.

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