Woman Posing With Loaded Rifle For Snapchat Pic 'Accidentally' Fatally Shot Boyfriend

Police say that Eric Charles Allen and Autumn King were in a relationship and lived together, and that there were two children in the home at the time of the incident.

January 16, 2019
Autumn King [Austin Police Department]

Autumn King [Austin Police Department]

Autumn King [Austin Police Department]

By: Catherine Townsend

AUSTIN, TX — Police have arrested a woman in Austin in connection with the fatal shooting of her boyfriend after she allegedly fired the gun while posing for a social-media photo.

Police say that Autumn Ravonne King, 20, was posing with a loaded rifle on December 23 at a residence on Rampart Street when she pointed the weapon directly at 26-year-old Eric Charles Allen.

King told authorities that she was posing so that Allen could take a Snapchat photo when she accidentally pulled the trigger, according to CBS Austin.

Not everyone is buying her story, however. Police have evidence that the couple was arguing just before the gunshot.

Additionally, Nicole Shelby-King, who raised Allen from the time he was 12 years old, doesn't believe that King just made a mistake, stating, “You just can’t accidentally pull a trigger; it was intentional. Period."

King was charged with manslaughter and taken into custody at the Travis County jail. She is being held on $200,000 bail, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Police say that Allen and King were in a relationship and lived together, and that there were two children in the home at the time of the incident.

The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of death was a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was homicide.

The investigation continues.

Read more: CBS Austin, Dallas News

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