Gun owner arrested in boy’s accidental shooting death

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A Scripps Ranch man whose pistol discharged and
mortally wounded a neighbor boy as the fourth-grader played with the weapon two
weeks ago has been arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and other
charges, authorities reported Wednesday.

Todd Conrad Francis, 55, turned himself in to San Diego police Tuesday
afternoon in connection with the death of 10-year-old Eric Klyaz, SDPD public-
affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said. Francis posted $100,000 bail and was released
about 1:30 this morning, according to a jail clerk.

Late on the afternoon of June 4, Eric was handling the 9-mm gun in a
garage at a condominium complex in the 10900 block of Ivy Hill Drive along with
Francis' 9-year-old daughter when it went off.

The Dingeman Elementary School student suffered a bullet wound to the
chest and died at Rady Children's Hospital a short time later, homicide Lt.
Jorge Duran said. The other child, whose older brother was baby-sitting her at
the time of the shooting, was unharmed.

In addition to the manslaughter charge, Francis was expected to face
criminal counts of child endangerment and negligent storage of a firearm,
according to police.

An attorney representing the suspect told news crews that her client had
kept the gun unloaded in an inaccessible part of the garage, with the
ammunition clip secured in a separate spot.

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