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Investigators: "Playful Wrestling" Leads To Mother Shot And Killed

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Newton County, Missouri -

The Newton County Sheriff's Office says a shooting that left a young mother dead appears to be an accident.  Investigators were called to a home on Connecticut Avenue, just outside of Joplin, Friday evening.  Authorities say a 21-year-old man and his 19-year-old wife had been "playfully wrestling," but the man had a handgun on his waist.

According to investigators, the gun accidentally discharged while the husband was taking the gun off his waist to be put in a safer location.

"His finger was on the trigger.  Apparently, she was swinging a broom at him.  They were just playing.  It was a reaction.  From our investigators at this point, we believe it's strictly accidental," says Chief Deputy Chris Jennings with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

"His reactions.  We've got the 911 call, he's genuinely very upset.  Just how he explained it to us, it made sense.  His stories have never changed, we've interviewed him multiple times," says Jennings.

Jennings says this should serve as a solemn reminder.

"He fully admits that his finger was on the trigger and it just, it was a jerk of his finger by accident when they were playing around.  Playing around and firearms don't mix," says Jennings.

The victim has been identified as Jona Rosson.  Investigators say she suffered a gunshot wound to her stomach, and she later died at a hospital.  The couple had a baby who is less than a year old now.

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