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Manchester, Vt.

Police say prank ended in fatal shooting

November 26, 2010

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Police say a man who believed he was holding an air gun shot his sleeping friend dead in bed with a .22-caliber rifle. Manchester police told WCAX-TV that the two friends were staying at another friend’s home yesterday. Police say 23-year-old Nicholas Bell of Manchester was hoping to play a prank on his friend and wake him up by firing an air gun. But authorities say Bell ended up firing a shot from a loaded rifle into the chest of 24-year-old Jeffrey Charbonneau of Manchester. Bell was charged with manslaughter. (AP)