Woman posing with rifle for Snapchat photo says she accidentally shot boyfriend

Autumn King is charged with manslaughter. (Photo: Austin Police Department)

Police have arrested a woman in the shooting death of an Austin man.

20-year-old Autumn King was charged with manslaughter and was booked into the Travis County jail.

The incident happened Sunday, December 23 at around 12:30 in a residence on Rampart Street.

At the time of the shooting, there were two small children in the home.

According to King, she was posing with a rifle and aiming it directly at the victim, identified as 26-year-old Eric Charles Allen, as he tried to take a Snapchat photo when she accidentally pulled the trigger.

However, according to police, evidence seized from her cell phone revealed the two were fighting minutes before Allen was shot. Police also found the rifle used in the shooting had an average trigger-pull and was functioning properly.

Police say King and Allen, were in a relationship and lived together.

The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death from a gunshot wound. The manner of death homicide.

Nicole Shelby-King raised Eric Allen from the time he was 12 years old. She says she doesn’t believe this was an accident. “You just can’t accidentally pull a trigger it was intentional. Period,” says Shelby-King.

Shelby-King says the family is happy to have some answers, as they heal from the tragedy.

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