Man in Kitsap Co. charged after girlfriend suffers fatal gunshot to chest

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A 22-year-old man authorities say shot and killed his 20-year-old girlfriend while trying to unload a stolen rifle is facing charges.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Joseph Anthony Armas was charged Friday in Kitsap County Superior Court with first-degree manslaughter and two counts of possessing a stolen firearm.

Twenty-year-old Ashlee McClelland of Port Orchard died in the Nov. 4 shooting after suffering a chest wound.

Court documents say Armas initially told authorities that another man accidentally shot McClelland but later said he accidentally shot her.

It's not clear if Armas has an attorney.

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