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Shooting death in Elma was likely 'reckless handling of gun'

Erie County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine what was going on when Jake Klocek allegedly fired a loaded handgun, killing Anthony King, while Klocek was house-sitting in an Elma residence Sunday night.

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Jake Klocek is charged with felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. (Erie County Sheriff's Office)

“Right now it appears to be reckless handling of a gun, but the investigation is still continuing,” sheriff’s spokesman Scott Zylka said Tuesday. “We’re still trying to contact the homeowner.”

Authorities say Klocek, 19, of East Aurora, was house-sitting and invited two other 19-year-olds to the house, a one-story ranch, in the 100 block of Dorris Drive.

Someone at the house found a .45-caliber handgun which was unloaded, officials said. Erie County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine who found the unloaded weapon, who loaded it and what was going on when Klocek allegedly fired it and struck King.

 

Deputies were called to the shooting scene at about 8:40 p.m.

King was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he died from the gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Klocek of East Aurora was arraigned Monday night and held on $50,000 bail. He was later released from the Erie County Holding Center after a bond was posted for him. The teenager is charged with felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Handling the arraignment was Elma Town Justice Robert Pierce.

Deputies described King as “an associate” of Klocek.

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