NEW PORT RICHEY — A 27-year-old St. Petersburg man faces a manslaughter charge after Pasco sheriff’s deputies said he shot and killed another person this past weekend while “playing defensive scenarios.”
Deputies arrested Corey Weedon on Tuesday, three days after they said the shooting took place.
The incident took place at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday. Weedon and two other people were in a New Port Richey home, having returned from a local shooting range, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. They cleaned their guns, deputies said, then began practicing “defensive scenarios.” Weedon’s arrest report did not elaborate on what those “defensive scenarios” were.
Though they had emptied the guns to clean them, deputies said Weedon told them that “for unknown reasons he loaded the gun” — loading a magazine and pulling the slide back, inserting a round into the chamber.
Then he pointed it in the direction of the 27-year-old victim and pulled the trigger, deputies said.
The victim was shot in the chest, deputies said. Pasco County Fire Rescue was sent to the house and pronounced the victim dead at 1:02 a.m. Deputies did not release the name of the gunshot victim or the address of the shooting.
Weedon told deputies he didn’t mean to shoot or kill the other person, deputies said. He told them he’d only owned his gun for about a month. He took a 6-hour training course and obtained a concealed weapon permit in early July. He said he smoked marijuana before the shooting, deputies said.
Witnesses in the home told deputies they hadn’t seen or heard the two argue or get into any kind of altercation before the shooting.
Weedon was arrested and taken to the Pasco County Detention Center. Information on his bail and first court appearance was not available Wednesday.