Police arrested a soldier in Texas who they say accidentally shot his friend and fellow member of the military in a joke gone wrong.
Army Spc. Patrick Edward Myers allegedly pointed his gun at his friend’s head to scare him and stop his hiccups on Sunday night, the Associated Press reports.
The 27-year-old soldier, stationed at Fort Hood, apparently thought the gun had dummy rounds when it discharged into the victim’s face, according to police. But, in actuality, the weapon had real bullets.
Myers was “handling it in an unsafe manner,” said a statement from the Killeen Police Department.
The two friends were drinking and watching a football game at the time of the shooting, a Killeen Police press release said.
The 22-year-old victim, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, died during the ambulance ride to the hospital.
Myers is charged with manslaughter and his bond was set at $1 million.