13 Arizonans Killed in "Accidental" Shootings So Far This Year
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Just last week, 27-year-old Florence resident Robert DeArman III was killed after he was checking out a friend's gun, and handed it back. One of the men accidentally pulled the trigger during the exchange, and DeArman was fatally shot in the chest. See the details on each of the 13 shootings below.
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State health department statistics show that around 13 shooting deaths in a year isn't extraordinary -- it's certainly a lot fewer than the 26 in 2002, but the highest since 2007.
2013 "accidental" shooting deaths:
14.) Manuel Ortiz
This one isn't included in the total count, since it took place on New Year's Eve, 2012. According to Phoenix police, Ortiz's sister, 19-year-old Savannah Ramirez, accidentally shot and killed Ortiz while they were posing for photos together, with a gun to Ortiz's head.