Man charged with fatally shooting friend, 63, in Bristol

Chad Couture (Photo provided by the Bristol Police Department)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Bristol man has been charged with fatally shooting his 63-year-old friend in the driveway of his parents’ home.

Thirty-five-year-old Chad Couture was arraigned Monday in Bristol on charges of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and criminal possession of a handgun. He’s being held on $750,000 bond.

Authorities say Couture told police he drank about half a bottle of vodka before accidentally shooting Daniel Caron on Friday evening. Police say Couture told them he had been carelessly handling a handgun.

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Caron was declared dead at Bristol Hospital.

Police say Couture had a revoked pistol permit, but had six weapons registered under his name.

Couture’s attorney says his client is a lifelong state resident who held a full-time job as a machine operator.

Couture is due back in court Nov. 8.

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