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Teen accidentally kills best friend with antique rifle

Brady Olson. Photo Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Brady Olson. Photo Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 17-year-old is in jail after accidentally shooting and killing his best friend with a World War II era rifle at a home in Red Bank on Sunday, according to the sheriff's department.

Brady Xavier Olson of Riglaw Circle has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter after the shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Nay on Sunday evening. Nay is listed as living at the same address.

According to an incident report, Olson and Nay were inside Olson's home around 8:00 p.m. when the shooting happened.

Olson, according to the report, was pointing a 7.63mm Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle in the direction of Nay without checking to see if the gun was loaded. Olson then pulled the trigger, shooting Nay in the head and killing him, the arrest warrant stated.

Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said Nay died within minutes of being shot in the head. "Olson's actions in handling the rifle, which belonged to Nay," said Harman. "showed a reckless disregard for the safety of other persons."

After waiving his Miranda rights, Olson provided a statement to deputies admitting that he shot Nay, according to the arrest warrant.

Investigators said it appears that Olson did not shoot Nay on purpose, but Olson's actions constituted probable cause to arrest him, a sheriff's department spokesperson said.

The Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle was developed by the Russians in the late 1800's and later updated during the first and second World Wars.

The incident remains under investigation by the Lexington County Sheriff's Department and Lexington County Coroner's Office.

Olson was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $125,000 bond.

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