Rome Police: 20-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter, four other counts after accidental shooting that killed a Cedartown man, 19.

Rome Police: 20-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter, four other counts after accidental shooting that killed a Cedartown man, 19.

A 20-year-old Rome man remains in jail Monday morning on involuntary manslaughter and four other counts.

Cameron Andrew Thornton of 2 1/2 S. Sycamore St. SW also is charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm or knife in the commission of a felony and  possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

He was arrested Sunday by Investigator Corey Bowers of the Rome Police Department on Magnolia Avenue.

According to Rome Assistant Chief of Police Debbie Burnett:

“From what we can gather, the two young men were in an apartment on South Sycamore. They were playing around with a gun when the young man that was arrested had the gun near the victim’s chest. As the victim grabbed the slide of the gun, the other man pulled back on the gun, causing the slide to rack and fire a round. The bullet entered the victim’s chest and he was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

“The victim is 19-year-old James Triston Williams of a Cedartown address. The suspect is 20 year old Cameron Andrew Thornton of a Rome address.

“The suspect is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Reckless Conduct, Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person, and Misdemeanor Obstruction of Law Enforcement.”

 

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