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Man charged with negligent homicide in son’s shooting death

August 2, 2019

TOWNSEND, Mont. (AP) — A 40-year-old Montana man is charged with negligent homicide in the shooting death of his 11-year-old son during a family camping trip.

Court records say Cadet Lacunza of Radersburg told authorities he had been “reckless” in firing his .357 revolver Thursday.

Lacunza said he believed his family was near a campfire and he was not firing at anything in particular when his son Caden was hit in the head.

Investigators determined Lacunza could not have seen his son, who was obscured by tree branches while cleaning fish in a creek west of Townsend.

Broadwater County Justice of the Peace Kirk Flynn agreed to defense attorney Greg Beebe’s request that Lacunza be released on his own recognizance Friday on several conditions, including undergoing a mental health evaluation and surrendering all firearms.

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