Roommate charged with manslaughter in suicide
September 17, 2008
A 19-year-old man who brought his roommate the loaded shotgun he shot himself with has been charged with manslaughter, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Investigators believe Jacob Weiss and an unidentified roommate, 18, were drinking and talking about suicide in the Mountain Stream apartments Monday night. Weiss went to his bedroom to get a shotgun he knew was loaded and gave it to the 18-year-old, who shot himself, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
The 18-year-old was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center and later to a hospital in Denver, where he died.
Weiss was arrested and charged with manslaughter (assisting suicide), a class 4 felony; reckless endangerment (for endangering other people present in the apartment with the firearm), a class 3 misdemeanor; and prohibited use of a firearm (for being in possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol), a class 2 misdemeanor.
Weiss was being held in the Eagle County Detention