Man Faces Manslaughter Charge for Deadly Shooting

Suspect calls shooting an accident, says he thought gun was unloaded

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Police are investigating a deadly shooting in a Grand Junction neighborhood.

Authorities say shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, dispatchers received a 911 call saying someone had been accidentally shot.

Police arrived at a home in the 2100 block of North 17th Circle and found a man dead inside the residence with the person who made the 911 call.

Robert Pickford, 24, was eventually arrested and booked for manslaughter.

Officials believe Pickford and the victim, identified as 26-year-old Micah Dancy of Grand Junction, were the only two people inside the home at the time of the shooting.

According to an arrest affidavit, Pickford, who was performing CPR on Dancy when police arrived, told investigators he thought the gun was unloaded.

Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik said Dancy died from a gunshot wound to the chest; the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Authorities say the investigation of this incident is still very active and ongoing.


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