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Deputies: Lenoir County man shoots "best friend"

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SEVEN SPRINGS, NC - Sheriff Chris Hill tells 9 On Your Side that Lenoir County deputies are currently investigating an accidental shooting death near Seven Springs.

Hill says Michael Bradley Rouse,19 of Smith Grady Road,  shot and killed his "best friend" inside a home.

Deputies identify 20-year-old Randall Thomas Lewis as the victim.

Deputies say Lewis and Rouse were engaged in "horseplay" at Rouse's home.  Rouse pointed a semi-automatic handgun at Lewis thinking the safety was on.  That's when the gun accidentally went off, shooting Lewis in the head.

Deputies found drugs inside Rouse's home. He's charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of controlled substances, possession of a firearm by felon, and the misdemeanor crime of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rouse is booked at the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $85,300 secured bond.
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