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Man says fatal shooting of friend was accidental

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Joe Colter Joe Colter
GLENDALE, Ariz. -

A man allegedly accidentally shot his friend at an apartment near 55th Avenue and Camelback Road late Wednesday night.

Joe Colter, one of four people who met with Glendale police officers, told them he had accidentally shot his friend and needed medical help, a police report stated.

Officers found a man at the apartment who had a gunshot wound to the upper right chest/shoulder area. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

A police report stated that Colter said he bought a 9MM handgun about three months ago for personal protection. He had gotten it from an Internet website called "Backpage," even though he is under 21-years-old.

Colter, the shooting victim and the other three people were all in the apartment hanging out and playing video games when Colter started joking around about having a gun, the report revealed.

Colter said in an interview that he took the gun out and racked the slide behind his back with the intent of ejecting the chambered round, but made a mistake and left the magazine in the gun.  

The racking of the slide ejected the chambered round, but also chambered a second round, leaving the handgun loaded.

A police report stated that Colter pointed the gun in the direction of the man and then pulled the trigger expecting to hear a "click."

Instead, the gun allegedly went off and a bullet struck the man in the chest.

Colter told police he immediately began to help the man. According to the police report, Colter considered the shooting victim a close friend.

Detectives interviewed two witnesses told police that Colter and the victim were friends and the shooting was not the result of an argument or fight.

Both witnesses agreed the shooting was unintentional.

Colter faces charges of reckless manslaughter.

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