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Teen jailed after accidental shooting kills one

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:35 am

Monticello police were quick to respond to the scene of a shooting Sunday evening in the 500 block of Lincoln Court.

According to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton, late Tuesday afternoon 19-year-old Harold Goffin III was officially charged with manslaughter, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault after the incident led to the death of 20-year-old D’Angelo Martin.

“The call came into the department at approximately 6:20 p.m. June 1,” Deaton explained. “When officers arrived on the scene they found the victim (Martin) with a gunshot wound to the head.”

Martin was immediately transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff before being transported by Med-Flight to UAMS in Little Rock, where he died the next morning.

“After the incident we arrested Goffin and transported him to the Drew County Detention Center,” Deaton continued. “He was taken for his first court appearance before Judge Kenny Johnson on Tuesday afternoon where he was officially charged by 10th Judicial District’s Prosecuting Attorney. Johnson issued Goffin a $50,000 and the teenager bonded out of custody later that afternoon.”

According to Deaton, the shooting appears to have been an accidental one. However, evidence and samples were collected at the scene and will be sent to the state crime lab for further inspection. At this time no trial date has been set in the case. 

Results of the preliminary autopsy have not come in but Deaton said that he hopes the results help to provide a little more clarity on what actually happened that day.

Officers are urging anyone operating a firearm to remember to use extreme caution at all times.

“I think this case here speaks for itself, that you always treat a firearm as if it was loaded, and it’s not a toy. So never point it in a direction you’re not willing for it to be shot in,” Deaton said.

The Advance-Monticellonian will continue to follow the story and report as more information becomes available.

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