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Patrick Salazar-Bustamante, 23. Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Police Department.

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A 23-year-old man told Colorado Springs police he accidentally shot his father while disassembling a 9-mm pistol, an arrest affidavit shows.

Patrick Orlando Salazar-Bustamante said he was showing his father, Patrick Joseph Bustamante, 50, how to “field strip” the gun but forgot to remove the loaded magazine, the affidavit says. The shooting happened Monday afternoon in an apartment at 3616 Galley Road. Salazar-Bustamante said he immediately started CPR, then ran outside to ask a neighbor to call 911.

Salazar-Bustamante initially told police he wasn’t in the apartment when his father was shot — and claimed there were no guns in the apartment — but later changed his story, the affidavit shows.

The bullet hit Bustame in the side, the affidavit shows.

Salazar-Bustamante was arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter, a felony. He remained in El Paso County jail Thursday on $10,000 bond.

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Bustamante’s death is the 33rd homicide in Colorado Springs this year. At this time last year, there were 31 homicides.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 444-7000. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 634-7867 or 1-800-222-8477.

Liz Forster is a general assignment reporter with a focus on environment and public safety. She is a Colorado College graduate, avid hiker and skier, and sweet potato enthusiast. Liz joined The Gazette in June 2017.

Ellie is a crime and breaking news reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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