Manslaughter charge after airgun death

Police have charged an Auckland man with the manslaughter of his friend who was shot dead with an airgun during a drinking session.

Shaun Townsley was killed on January 12 when he and friends were drinking in the backyard of a Manurewa home and shooting targets off a fence.

In a statement this afternoon, Counties Manukau police said they had charged an 18 year old man with manslaughter.

He will appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow.

- Andrew Koubaridis of the New Zealand Herald

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