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No charges in deadly shooting

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

HUNTINGTON — There will be no immediate charges filed in Wednesday night’s shooting death of a Huntington man.

Investigators identified the victim as Stephen A. Lawrence, 22. He died about 8:49 p.m. when his shotgun unexpectedly discharged at a neighboring residence, according to a press release issued Thursday morning.

Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said Lawrence had taken his shotgun with him to a neighboring apartment in the 2700 block of Latulle Avenue.

The apartment’s tenant, another visitor and Lawrence were drinking alcohol at the time. That’s when police say Lawrence manipulated the shotgun, passed it around and at some point it discharged, according to the release.

The impact stuck Lawrence in the chest. He died at the scene from a single gunshot wound, a short distance from his residence on Guyan Avenue. His body was transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for further autopsy.

The tenant and surviving visitor were detained for questioning and later released, according to the release. Crime scene investigators gathered evidence well into the night.

Williams said the evidence will be presented to a future grand jury. Investigators consulted the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office in making that determination, according to the release.

Members of the grand jury will hear evidence and determine the necessity of criminal charges. Such protocol is typical for prosecutors and investigators in cases with evidence of an accidental or justified killing.

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