Woman says she was posing with rifle when boyfriend was shot, killed


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 20-year-old woman faces a manslaughter charge after her boyfriend died of a gunshot wound in December, according to a document filed in court. 

Police responded to a shooting at the 12500 block of Rampart Street in north Austin on Dec. 23 where they found 26-year-old Eric Allen with a fatal gunshot wound. Autumn King told police she was holding a rifle and Allen, her boyfriend, was going to take a picture of her.

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King told officers, “she had the rifle pointed towards Eric and that the assault rifle ‘went off,'” officials wrote in an affidavit filed in court. “Autumn said that Eric dropped to the ground, but Autumn thought that Eric was ‘playing,’ and she told him to get up.” 

“She said, ‘I didn’t even pull it (the trigger), I just barely touched it,'” officials said King told them as part of her statement. She later told investigators, “she was trying to be like Bonnie and Clyde.” 

When she realized Allen was bleeding, King told police she first tried to drag him to the car and when she couldn’t, she ran outside to call for help and called 911. 

King told investigators the gun belonged to Allen and he told her his guns were always unloaded. She also told police she didn’t always believe Allen when he told her that. 

A phone found at the scene contained video of Allen and King arguing 16 minutes before the 911 call was made. “Based on what the video shows the argument between the two is about them both cheating on each other and justification for doing so,” detectives wrote in the affidavit. 

The Mossberg .22 caliber rifle determined to be the gun that killed Allen was shown to have a 5-pound trigger pull and was working properly, according to the affidavit.

King faces a second-degree felony charge of manslaughter in connection with Allen’s death. She was booked into the Travis County Jail Monday.

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