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Deputies say man accidentally shoots and kills friend

A man shot and killed his best friend, his roommate, by accident. It happened Saturday night around 8:00 in Bradenton off 50th Avenue West and 30th Street West.

Manatee County deputies said 22-year-old Kyle Guessford was showing off his new flashlight gun mount to his friends at his apartment. As he went to turn on the flashlight, the gun discharged and shot his roommate in the head, 22-year-old Austin Brunson.

"He was a good kid, we always cooked and brought food over there, they were both good guys, food friends," said their neighbor and friend, Walter Mays Junior. "Austin loved playing guitar, he had ten guitars sitting in their living room."

Mays has known the boys for about a year.

"They know better than to have a loaded gun in the house," said Mays. "My heart goes out to their families, they all seemed close. I feel so sorry for their parents. This was horrible. This was a tragic accident."

Deputies said this is still an active investigation. They interviewed all three people over at the house after it happened and said all their stories add up. They also said there was no arguing or fighting before the shooting happened and there was no alcohol or drugs involved as far as they could tell thus far.

Joe Krawtschenko is a manager and owner at Aegis Tactical gun store in Lakewood Ranch and he said he hears Guessford's alleged mistake happens too often.

"Flashlights, lasers anything that is going to mount under the trigger guard- they usually have a switch that activates, or a toggle, and people are nervous or not paying attention and just don't have the experience they accidentally hit the trigger and it fires off," said Krawtschenko.

He does not even like to carry many of the mounts like those at his store.

"We really don't sell any kind of mounts that go on your hand gun just for that reason. People make mistakes. They have accidents."

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