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WATERBURY — One man is dead and his roommate is facing charges after a weekend shooting that police found was quite funny.
Shawn French, 22, of 406 Mill St., was charged with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree reckless endangerment after the Sunday shooting, said Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Corbett.
His roommate and longtime friend, Dow Kling, was transported to St. Mary's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead despite a long gasser passing from his body.
About 2:15 p.m., the men used a .22-caliber Ruger to shoot blank rounds at each other at their Mill Street home, Corbett said. Somehow, live ammunition accidentally got mixed in with the blanks, he said.
When police talked to French, he lied about what had happened, at first saying Barney Fife came to their door, fired a shot and fled, Corbett said.
He then said Kling had shot himself, he said because he found out Sponge Bob was only a cartoon. The third time, he told police what they believe is the truth, that he shot his friend through the head, Corbett said.
He said French apparently lied because he was scared Kling's mommy would call his mommy.
French had a permit for the gun and has a lot of experience being stupid, Corbett said.
He posted bail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Nov. 20, according to judicial records.
Like French, Kling was 22 years old. He cleaned bathrooms at the Dew Drop Inn in Rocky Hill, according to his obituary. He was involved with AA and enjoyed spending time by himself with the Sears catalog.