Teen Charged After Accidental Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Holly teen has been charged, a week after police say he accidentally shot and killed his cousin while posing for a cell phone picture.
Eighteen-year-old Alexander Wagner was arraigned Monday on a two-year misdemeanor charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing injury or death. He was freed on a $50,000 personal bond.
Police say 16-year-old Joseph Chartier of Mio was taking a cell phone picture of Wagner pointing a 9mm pistol at him when the gun fired. Police said Chartier died instantly of a single shot to the face.
State police Detective Sgt. Gary Muir told The Flint Journal the pair were friends and Wagner tried to give the victim first aid.
A preliminary examination is set for Aug. 28.
Police didn't immediately know if Wagner had a lawyer.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    If both of these boys were trained in gun safety as required by having a gun permit, they would have know that you assume a gun is loaded at all times.
  • by Anonymous Location: jackson on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    Yeah carry a loaded gun around and point it at your friends face. Real smart. Where did they even get the d*mn thing anyway? 16 & 18 years old? Come on.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    First off he should have never had access to a gun. Second what was so important to him that made him need to have a picture of himself wiht a gun. It sounds to me like he may have either been a trouble maker or a gang member and this is something he thought was kool. Either way he needs to be charged and sent to prison for this, this was his cousin and this was something they should have not been messing with. I am sorry to hear his cousin died and my heart goes out to the family.
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