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Man cleaning gun accidentally shoots, kills best friend

A man was cleaning a gun when he accidentally shot and killed his best friend, police in Oklahoma said.

ABC News reports that the man, who was not named by police, had been “cleaning/clearing” the semi-automatic handgun inside a mobile home in Midwest City — just outside of Oklahoma City — on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Midwest City Police Department, the gun accidentally discharged, and the man’s friend, 21-year-old Joshua Allen, who was playing video games at the time, was fatally struck once in the chest.

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The investigation is ongoing but “all evidence indicates the shooting was not intentional,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said in a statement Monday.

Clabes called the shooting “an unfortunate, tragic event while mishandling a loaded firearm.”

The case will be presented to the district attorney’s office to review for possible charges, said police.