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Hearing for Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Firefighter Postponed

Patrick O'Connor, 23, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and said the shooting death of his childhood friend David Atherton

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    The body of a firefighter is making a final trip home to Stoneham, Massachusetts, after he was fatally shot this week. (Published Friday, July 1, 2016)

    A probable cause hearing was postponed Wednesday for the man accused of shooting and killing a Stoneham, Massachusetts, firefighter while playing with a gun. 

    Patrick O'Connor, 23, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and said the shooting death of his childhood friend David Atherton, 23, was an accident. 

    Initial investigation suggests the two were drinking and passing a gun back and forth, pointing it at each other. Officials believe the shooting was a result of this behavior. 

    O'Connor was charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm. 

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    The body of David Atherton, a firefighter shot to death when police say he and his friend were playing with a loaded handgun, made its final trip home to Stoneham, Massachusetts. (Published Friday, July 1, 2016)

    Atherton was buried with full military and fire department honors.


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