HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) - Jefferson County authorities say a woman accidentally shot and killed her husband because she didn't realize a gun was loaded.
David Utz, 43, and his wife had friends over Saturday evening and the group was looking at guns, said Capt. Ron Arnhart.
The woman, 29, left the room, and while she was gone, Utz picked up a gun and loaded it before setting it down again.
His wife returned to the room and picked up the gun, not realizing it was loaded, and somehow fired a single shot into her husbandâ€™s chest, Arnhart said.
â€śIt does appear to be a horrible accident,â€ť Arnhart said.
Authorities did not release the wifeâ€™s name.
Investigators are compiling a report that will be presented to the Jefferson County prosecutorâ€™s office to determine whether charges will be filed.
A pair of deaths in separate incidents over the summer in the county resulted in charges of involuntary manslaughter against two people who said they never intended to shoot their victims.
Makenzie Halinski, 20, allegedly shot Cole Campbell, 20, in the head with a gun she believed wasnâ€™t loaded on June 24 after drinking and smoking marijuana at his home in Festus, officials said.
She said Campbell had told her to point the gun toward him and said, â€śShoot me,â€ť court documents say. Halinski said she had done it because she had thought the gun would not fire.
About a month later, Keith Wildharber, 21, partially removed the magazine and ejected ammunition from the chamber of a pistol, then reinserted the magazine and pointed the gun at his roommate Matthew Knight.
Wildharber asked if Knight trusted him, then fired a fatal shot into Knightâ€™s torso at their apartment in Arnold, according to court documents.
Halinski and Wildharber are both awaiting trial.