William Garcia was taken to the El Paso County jail after investigators with the Colorado Springs Police Department determined he fired a fatal shot that killed a 30-year-old man.

Authorities identified a 30-year-old man Colorado Springs police say was fatally shot Oct. 27 by a man was “handling a firearm” in another room of the residence south of downtown.

Police found Alexis Sanchez, 30, with a fatal gunshot wound to his chest after responding to a shooting at 3853 Westmeadow Drive, a police affidavit shows.

William Garcia, an acquaintance of Sanchez, was taken to the El Paso County jail after investigators determined he fired the fatal shot. He was held on suspicion of manslaughter, police said.

According to a police affidavit, Sanchez was in a bedroom playing video games when he was shot. Detectives interviewed three of his acquaintances who saw the shooting.

A 23-year-old man told police Garcia began “messing around” with a Glock pistol after finding it in a drawer and pointed it at different parts of the house. The gun allegedly belonged to the 23-year-old’s friend, who wasn’t allowed to have the gun at his residence.

Then, the 23-year-old heard a gunshot and saw Garcia with the gun in his hand, police said. After realizing Sanchez was shot, the witness gave him CPR until police arrived, he told detectives.

Another witness told detectives he, Garcia and another man all “handled” the gun in the kitchen. When Garcia had it in his hands, a single shot was fired. He saw a bullet hole in door to the bedroom. They saw Sanchez lying on the floor.

Garcia told detectives the gun went off after he dropped it on the kitchen floor.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office will determine the manner of death. In the meantime, Colorado Springs police will investigate the shooting as a homicide, said spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik.

Part of the investigation, according to Coroner Dr. Leon Kelly, involves deciding whether or not the discharge of the weapon was caused by a complete disregard for others’ safety or was unintentional.

“It’s not an uncommon thing for us to sort out,” he said.

In 2018, five El Paso County residents died from reckless use of a firearm.

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