Man charged af­ter girl­friend is fa­tally shot

The News Tribune - - Local - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

PORT OR­CHARD

A 22-year-old man au­thor­i­ties say shot and killed his 20-year-old girl­friend while try­ing to un­load a stolen ri­fle is fac­ing charges.

The Kit­sap Sun re­ports that Joseph An­thony Ar­mas was charged Fri­day in Kit­sap County Su­pe­rior Court with first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter and two counts of pos­sess­ing a stolen firearm.

Twenty-year-old Ash­lee McClel­land of Port Or­chard died in the Nov. 4 shoot­ing af­ter suf­fer­ing a chest wound.

Court doc­u­ments say Ar­mas ini­tially told au­thor­i­ties that an­other man ac­ci­den­tally shot McClel­land but later said he ac­ci­den­tally shot her.

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