A 39-year-old Minnesota woman who fatally shot her boyfriend is claiming it was an accident, according to reports
Janice L. Hawkins-Greene is charged with second-degree manslaughter, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.. She was arrested Aug. 29 in connection to the incident, which happened in the 2400 block of SE. Cole Avenue in Minneapolis. She is being held on $150,000 bail and was due in court Sept. 2.
According to the Star Tribune, 911 received a call from a person saying they saw Hawkins-Greene and the unnamed man's mother sitting on the porch, where he was on his back with an apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Emergency responders took the man to the hospital, where he died. According to the Star Tribune, Hennepin County's coroner's office has yet to release his name.
Hawkins-Greene told police that she and the man were arguing, and the gun discharged by accident as went to hand it to him. Hawkins-Greene told police that her daughter put the gun under a bed, where officers later found it.
The Star Tribune reported that the man's mother told police she was in living room when she heard the two arguing, so she called 911. Hawkins-Greene's daughter, who's 15 year old, told officers that her mother had told the man to pack up his things and leave.
According to the Star Tribune, Hawkins-Greene told officers that she and man had been in a relationship for two years. She said she went to her vehicle to get some of his belongings, including a gun. She then met him on the porch and shoved the gun and other items toward the man and it accidentally went off.
The Star Tribune reported that the gun had two safeties on it, and both had to be fully depressed in order for it to discharge. Hawkins-Greene admitted to police that her finger was on the trigger and the barrel was pointed at the man when she went to hand it to him.