Crime

July 4, 2014

Teen arrested in Dallas shooting death

The 16-year-old boy told detectives that he believed a shotgun wasn’t loaded when he pulled the trigger.

A 16-year-old boy was in custody Friday after authorities say he pointed a sawed-off shotgun at a man and fired, killing him, Dallas police said.

The teen told detectives that he did not believe the gun was loaded. Dallas police identified the victim as Juan Carlos Avalos, 25.

The teen faces a charge of delinquent conduct/criminally negligent homicide. He was being detained at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center in Dallas.

Also arrested in the Thursday shooting was Enrique “Rico” Hermandez, 19, of Dallas. He acknowledged to detectives that the shotgun belonged to him and that he had left it in an unsecure location, Dallas police said.

Hernandez was in the Dallas County Jail and was expected to be charged with making a firearm accessible to a child.

Dallas police responded to the shooting call about 10:15 p.m. Thursday in the 2900 block of Dilido Road in Dallas.

Detectives determined that Hernandez and five other people were in an apartment when the shooting occurred.

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