07/09/2013 02:28 pm ET

Texas Man Accidentally Shoots Girlfriend In Chest With Shotgun, Faces Criminal Charges: Police

A Texas man faces criminal charges after authorities say he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the chest with a shotgun early Tuesday.

Police in San Antonio said the accidental shooting occurred during an argument between the shooter, whose identity has not been released, and his ex-girlfriend. According to local reports, the events transpired after the man's ex-girlfriend showed up at his house at about 2 a.m.

The man retrieved a shotgun from the house and reportedly went after his ex, police said. His current girlfriend attempted to get between them and was shot in the chest. She was later taken to the hospital. KENS 5 reports the man is expected to face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

There have been other accidental shootings in Texas reported this year, and several have been fatal.

On Sunday, an Aransas Pass man was killed after his friend accidentally fired a handgun while checking to see if it was loaded, according to CBS affiliate KZTV. Witnesses told the station that the deadly round shot through the man's hand and into his friend.

In June, a 13-year-old Fort Worth girl was fatally shot with an AK-47 while her stepbrother was clearing the chamber. According to the Star-Telegram, the brother had two “dummy” rounds in the weapon that had been placed above a loaded round. Police told the paper that the brother ejected the two dummy rounds but forgot about the loaded round.

In May, a 2-year-old Cherokee County boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the face with a handgun. The boy's great-grandmother said that the toddler had found the loaded gun in an unlocked nightstand.



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