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Woman Arrested After Fatally Shooting Boyfriend While Posing For Snapchat Pic
Autumn King says the rifle she was holding accidentally went off, but authorities say they have evidence she was arguing with boyfriend Eric Allen before the shooting.
A Texas woman is accused of killing her boyfriend while posing for a Snapchat photo with a loaded rifle.
Investigators say Autumn King, 20 aimed an assault rifle at her boyfriend, 26-year-old Eric Charles Allen, as he held her cellphone and prepared to take a photo to post online at the couple’s Austin home two days before Christmas. King says she accidentally fired.
She was arrested in connection with the shooting on Monday and now faces manslaughter charges.
King told investigators "she had the rifle pointed towards Eric and that the assault rifle 'went off,'" according to court records cited by KXAN in Austin. "Autumn said that Eric dropped to the ground, but Autumn thought that Eric was 'playing,' and she told him to get up."
"She said, 'I didn't even pull it (the trigger), I just barely touched it,'" the documents stated. She told investigators that the gun belonged to Allen.
King and Allen’s two children were at home at the time of the shooting and the photo was intended to be uploaded onto Snapchat, according to the Dallas Morning News.
King told investigators "she was trying to be like Bonnie and Clyde," according to court records.
A medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
Investigators say they found evidence the couple may have been fighting just minutes before the gun went off.
A cell phone found at the scene contained a clip of the couple having a heated discussion just 16 minutes before a 911 call was made by King, according to KXAN.
"Based on what the video shows the argument between the two is about them both cheating on each other and justification for doing so," investigators wrote in an affidavit, cited by KXAN.
Online records don't list a defense attorney who could speak on King’s behalf. She's being held on a $200,000 bond.
The case will be forwarded to the district attorney for review. It is not immediately clear why she is posing in what appears to be a medical mask for her mugshot.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.
[Photo: Austin Police Department]