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Police ID woman killed when boyfriend fired 'unloaded' gun

Authorities have released the name of the woman who was fatally shot early Thursday in northeast Dallas as her boyfriend was showing her how to handle a gun.

Karina Alverez-Castro, 19, was identified by Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther, police spokeswoman. The victim's name was unavailable earlier because her family had not yet been notified.

Her boyfriend, Chase Barton, 22, was being held Thursday at a Dallas County jail, according to records.

The incident was reported around 3 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Ruidosa Avenue, which is north of the intersection of Ferguson and Shiloh roads. The neighborhood is about three miles east of White Rock Lake.

Police believe Barton had tried to unload a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun when the shooting happened, said Sgt. Ray Beaudreault, a homicide detective.

"She was on the couch across the room," Beaudreault said. "He worked the slide and he removed the magazine from the gun."

But, Beadreault said, Barton pointed the gun at the woman and pulled the trigger; a round was fired, which struck her in the chest.

"Obviously there was a round in the chamber," Beadreault said. "He pulled the trigger not realizing the weapon was loaded.

"He was totally reckless."

The woman was taken to Baylor Medical Center where she died, Crowther said.

Barton was facing charges for manslaughter and drug possession, Beadreault said, because a "sizable amount" of marijuana was found in the apartment.

Bail for Barton was not yet listed late Thursday morning, according to jail records.

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