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Tried to joke: in Florida, a policeman shot his friend during the game

Florida police officer Andrew Lawson “jokingly” pulled the trigger of his gun twice, as a result of which he shot his roommate and best friend, a fellow police officer. This happened while playing Call of Duty. Read more about the tragedy told the publication New York Post.

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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey called the shooting "an extremely stupid, avoidable accident."

Lawson, 23, is charged with the manslaughter of Austin Walsh.

Walsh, also 23, died at the scene in the apartment he shared with Lawson in Palm Beach.

The affidavit states that Lawson and Walsh were taking a break from the popular Call of Duty shooter and were chatting when Lawson grabbed a 9mm Glock 34 semi-automatic pistol.

Lawson thought the gun was empty when he pointed it at Walsh for the first time and pulled the trigger. Then the gun didn't fire.

Lawson then began fiddling with the pistol, pulling back on the bolt and pulling the trigger again, claiming he was joking.

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In the end, the gun fired a single shot - a bullet hit Walsh in the head and killed him.

Lawson called 911 and told the dispatcher that he had just shot his best friend.

Arriving at the scene of the crime, officers found Lawson waiting outside the house and detained him. They found Walshen dead in the hallway outside the bedroom.

According to Lawson, he "believed that the firearm was unloaded, although judging by the weight of the gun, he should have guessed that an ammunition magazine might have been in the gun."

According to Ivey, Lawson was "devastated" when the police arrived, and he fully cooperated with the investigation.

“Guys, this unnecessary and completely preventable incident not only took the life of a wonderful young man and officer, but also forever changed the life of another good young man who made a very unfortunate and reckless decision,” Ivey said.

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According to the sheriff, Walsh has been with the department since he was 18.

“Austin was a wonderful person, our hearts are broken. He will be greatly missed by our department, our community. We pray with his family,” Ivy said.

Lawson's bail was set at $15. He must move in with his mother and carry no firearms or ammunition.

Lawson faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter. He is due back in court to face charges on January 5, 2023.

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