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Ebony Harmon

An Algiers woman was on suicide watch at the Orleans Justice Center after she fatally shot her boyfriend inside an apartment Wednesday evening, according to police and court records.

Investigators believe the responsibility for the shooting may be shared between the woman and her deceased boyfriend. The woman claims the man cocked the weapon himself and told her to pull the trigger during a round of friendly gunplay.

Police arrested Ebony Harmon, 28, on Wednesday night on a single count of negligent homicide in connection with the fatal shooting.

Harmon works for a temporary staffing agency, according to an arrest register, and has no prior felony convictions in Orleans Parish. Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell set her bail at $50,000, according to court records.

Police said they were called to the apartment in the 2100 block of Springbrook Lane shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday. They found the man, whose age was either 24 or 25, dead inside a bedroom. Harmon was taken in for questioning, and detectives said she told them she and the victim had been sitting on the bed, playing with his gun.

As Harmon removed the weapon’s magazine, she told police, the man cocked the gun. Then he told her, according to the woman, “to shoot him, at which time she pulled the trigger with the belief that the gun was without ammunition.”

The man was struck in the body once and died.

Harmon’s story was corroborated by two other occupants of the apartment, according to the warrant.

It would not be the first time that apparently friendly gunplay turned deadly in New Orleans. Last June, Tulane student Nicole Dukarm was arrested for shooting her boyfriend of two years, Alex Przbyl, inside their Broadmoor apartment.

Dukarm pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in January and was sentenced to five years, according to court records. She remains incarcerated at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel.