Man Accidentally Shoots Best Friend While Trying To Save Him From Club Fight

AP

A man who was killed during a fight at an Austin, Texas club earlier this month apparently was accidentally shot by his best friend, KXAN reported Tuesday.

Arturo Torres, 28, was playing pool with his former brother-in-law Edgar Macedo, 26, on March 1 at Austin’s Club Zota. Torres bumped into another bar goer and an argument ensued, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KXAN.

Macedo was later followed to the restroom by the men who started the argument. Torres followed them, discovered they were fighting and then pulled out a handgun in attempt to break up the tussle. Another man tried to wrestle the gun from Torres and caused it to discharge, striking Macedo.

All parties involved fled the club before police arrived. Torres’ brother told police he had heard what happened at the club from Arturo and described the his brother and Macedo as best friends in the arrest warrant, according to KXAN. Austin Police plan to charge Torres with manslaughter once he is apprehended.

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