KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) — State police have identified the boy fatally shot in the face in Killingly as 16-year-old Matthew Regula.
Kyle Carney, 22, is charged in that shooting he says was accidental.
Carney told state police he was walking in the upstairs hallway of the Killingly home on Kenneth Drive and was messing around with a rifle when it suddenly went off. According to court papers, “His hands/fingers were moving in the area of the trigger and magazine of the loaded rifle.”
Carney called police and stayed at the scene. Neighbor Justine Smith says, “He was sitting out on the ground outside of a cop car stating ‘I was just about to go home, I was just about to go home.’”
Outside Danielson Superior Court, where Carney faces second-degree manslaughter with a firearm and reckless endangerment charges, his ex-girlfriend, Bethany Alexander, told News 8, “It was a horrible, horrible accident, horrible accident, but I know he wouldn’t have done this intentionally.”
Alexander dated Carney a few months back. She says he was doing well and had gotten help for depression and anger issues. She also said Carney had recently gotten a new rifle. “He sent me pictures. He was very excited. He wanted to go shooting with me. It wasn’t anything hostile,” says Alexander, adding that she “assumed” it was the same rifle used in the shooting.
The girlfriend and family of the victim left court escorted by marshals. A woman with the victim’s girlfriend would only tell reporters, “No comment. Get out of her face, she’s a child.”
Carney was ordered held on $500,000 bond and is due back in court Sept. 11.