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Records: Teen fatally shoots friend, tells police he ‘thought the safety was on’

Isaiah Victor Castillo has been charged with manslaughter. (Source: Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

A teen who fatally shot his friend while they were playing with guns this week told police he “thought the safety was on,” according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by CBS 4 News.

The teen, identified as 17-year-old Isaiah Victor Castillo of San Juan, has been charged with manslaughter.

Police say the incident occurred Wednesday night at a home on the 3300 block of North 25 ½ Street in McAllen.

According to a witness, Castillo and his friend, Fidel Flores, were playing with guns when Castillo shot Flores in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle, the affidavit states.

Flores later died in an ambulance as a result of his injuries.

During an interview with police, Castillo said he had dropped the gun, which caused it to go off. Police say Castillo then changed his story and “admitted that he had the gun in his hands and thought the safety was on," according to the affidavit. Castillo went on to say that he was standing in front of Flores and “slightly pulled the trigger which caused it to go off.”

Police found a spent .22 caliber round, along with a loaded .22 caliber long rifle, at the scene.

Castillo was booked into the Hidalgo County jail Thursday on a $150,000 bond.

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