Pa. woman fatally shoots husband during gun lesson

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PARKSIDE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Philadelphia-area woman fatally shot her husband by accident while he was giving her a gun lesson after they had been drinking.

Parkside police Chief John Egan says officers responded to their home around 4 a.m. Saturday and found 43-year-old William Wanko with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Egan says Wanko’s 42-year-old wife, Michele, said they’d been drinking lemonade and vodka for hours when she said she wanted to learn how to use a weapon in case someone tried to break in while he was away.

Police say William Wanko was getting another gun out when his wife picked up a pistol and pulled the slide back, but the gun went off. She called 911.

She’s charged with involuntary manslaughter. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.

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