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Gun owner arrested in boy's accidental shooting death

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Shooting victim Eric Klyaz, 10 Shooting victim Eric Klyaz, 10

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The owner of a firearm that killed a 10-year-old boy in Scripps Ranch has been arrested and charged in the boy's death.

Todd Francis turned himself in Tuesday afternoon and was booked on charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, and criminal storage of a firearm. Francis was released early Wednesday morning after posting $100,000 bail.

According to investigators, 10-year-old Eric Klyaz was playing with Francis' 9-year-old daughter inside their garage on June 4 when the boy was shot in the chest by Francis' 9-mm handgun and died at Rady Children's Hospital.

In court documents obtained by News 8, Francis told police the gun was unloaded and placed inside a storage container, separately from its ammunition.

Shortly following the fatal shooting, Francis, who is the brother of former San Diego mayoral candidate Steve Francis, released a statement.

"It has been a horrific, life-changing incident for many people that unfortunately cannot be reversed," the statement said.

An arraignment on the felony charges has been set for Tuesday, June 25 in the downtown courthouse.


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