FRESNO, Calif. - We are learning more details about the fatal accidental shooting that killed Fresno County Sheriff Deputy Rod Lucas. Detective Jared Mullis has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and was in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. In August, Mullis plead not guilty to accidentally killing Lucas last October.
On Tuesday in Hon. Jonathan B. Conklin's courtroom, two witnesses took the stand, including an investigative sheriff detective who wad one of the first people to arrive to the scene. Her name was Det. Donna Davis. Davis said two other officers were in the room with Lucas and Mullis, and they told her that Mullis accidentally shot Lucas after whats being described as "horse play".
The shooting took place at a sheriff's office near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. According to Davis, witnesses told her that Lucas and Mullis had been talking with one another right before the shooting. According to a video shot by the Fresno County District Attorney's office replaying the scene, Lucas' gun allegedly fell out of his holster onto the floor. One of the witnesses claims Mullis said to Lucas that he should get a new holster, and went to grab one of his own holsters. Mullis allegedly put his gun in that holster and according to witnesses, it accidently fired in Lucas direction, leaving him mortally wounded.
Mullis' gun was a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun.
According to Mullis' attorney, Roger Wilson, there is no evidence that his client intentionally pointed the gun at lucas. All evidence points to this being a tragic accident.
Mullis is on paid leave, and if found guilty he could face up to 14 years in prison.