A Kansas City man who claimed he and another man were “messing around” with guns when the other man was shot in the head was charged Monday with assault.
Jackson County prosecutors charged 31-year-old Derrick R. Dennis in the Saturday night shooting that left the victim in critical condition.
In addition to the second-degree assault charge, Dennis was charged with armed criminal action and with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The shooting occurred inside a home in the 5500 block of Wabash Avenue.
A witness told police that she was inside the house when she heard a gunshot in another room. Dennis came out of the room and told the witness that the gun had accidentally gone off.
Dennis was putting a handgun in his waistband as he left, according to court documents.
Police later found Dennis at a house in the 5400 block of Wayne Avenue.
He told officers that he and the victim had been fighting, but had not really been fighting, according to the documents.
Dennis said they were “quick drawing” when his 9 mm handgun went off. He told police that he left the home and threw the gun into Brush Creek.
His bond was set at $50,000.