Court documents: 'It's my fault' said man accused in deadly accidental shooting

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 1:03 PM

SPOKANE -- The man accused of accidentally shooting and killing a Spokane woman faced a judge on Monday.

Chad Pratt, 20, appeared before a judge facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in the death of 20-year-old Ciara Hardin.  Police said Pratt admitted to accidentally shooting her at a party last Wednesday night.  But he did not use those words.  Instead, court documents said Pratt kept saying 'the gun went off' when he was showing it off.
 
The officer who took Pratt into custody recorded Pratt crying in the back of his patrol car saying, "I'm sorry.  I know how to handle guns.  It's my fault.  I know I am too young to be carrying a gun and I have been drinking."

Pratt allegedly told another police officer he was going to jail and going to get kicked out the Marines.  He did spend a few days in jail and posted a $15,000 bond on Sunday.  He is expected to be back in court January 14 to face his second-degree manslaughter charge.

The other people at the house party told police that Pratt moved the gun from the holster on his right hip at least two times prior to the shooting that killed Ciara.

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