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Man Charged In Gunplay Death

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – Police say gun play between two friends has left one of the men dead.

Dow Kling was fatally shot in the chest in a Waterbury apartment on Sunday.

Shawn French has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Waterbury Deputy Chief Chris Corbett called the shooting death senseless and preventable.

Police said the two 22-year-old men were taking turns pointing a gun at each other and pulling the trigger.

Both men thought they were shooting blanks.

The arrest warrant says French initially lied to police, saying he saw a man running from the home.

French said in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday he has no intention of owning a gun again.

He was released on $25,000 bond.  It was not known Tuesday if he’s represented by a lawyer.

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