The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 8, 2013

19-year-old killed in accidental shooting

GENEVA TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Geneva Township man was killed late Friday night after an accidental shooting at his residence.

Thomas W. Brandeberry was shot just before 11 p.m. by his close friend, Cory A. Wright, said Lt. Terry Moisio, of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department.

Brandeberry was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. after having sustained a gun shot wound to the head, said Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office Investigator Rich Mongell. An autopsy was performed and confirmed the cause of death was from the gun shot, he said.

Mongell said Brandeberry and Wright were in Brandeberry’s room Friday night when the incident occurred.

“(Brandeberry’s) father heard a gun shot and ran into the room and found him on the floor,” he said.

Mongell said Brandeberry’s father started CPR and 9-1-1 was called. He said supposedly the gun was being unloaded when it went off.

Moisio said ACSO received the 911 call at about 10:42 p.m. and responded to the scene with Northwest Ambulance District personnel.

Wright, 22, of New London Road, was arrested. He was arraigned Monday in Western County Court and charged with one count of reckless homicide, a felony, and one count of negligent homicide, a misdemeanor, Moisio said.

He was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Moisio said it appears the shooting was accidental, but ACSO is still investigating. Toxicology tests were conducted on both Wright and Brandeberry and Moisio said ACSO is waiting on the results.

“He (Wright) was pretty shook up,” he said. “They were best friends.”

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