A Gentilly man was fatally shot in the chest inside his home Friday after his roommate placed a gun on a dresser that inadvertently discharged, New Orleans police said in court records released Monday.
Police jailed Skyler Nicoulin, 21, on one count of negligent homicide in the death of Miquel Marrero, who had not been previously identified. He was described as being either 19 or 20 years old.
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Nicoulin by Monday had posted $10,000 bail for his release from jail. He declined comment when reached by phone.
According to police, officers received a call at 2:20 p.m. Friday about a shooting inside a home in the 6300 block of Cameron Boulevard that records suggest is owned by Nicoulin's family. Officers found Marrero, with a gunshot wound to his chest, inside a second-floor bedroom of the home he shared with Nicoulin.
Nicoulin approached an officer whose body-worn camera was recording and said he had shot Marrero by accident, police said.
Despite being warned of his right to remain silent, police said, Nicoulin said his gun had accidentally fired after he placed it on his dresser, and the bullet struck Marrero, who was standing in the doorway to Nicoulin's room.
Paramedics took Marrero to University Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead there.
Officers took Nicoulin to police headquarters for an interrogation, but he declined to continue speaking to investigators.
Marrero's slaying was at least the 102nd homicide reported in New Orleans this year.
Nicoulin was the second 21-year-old man in the city to be jailed on a count of negligent homicide following an accidental shooting this summer.
In late May, police allege, Hunter Foret accidentally shot 17-year-old Leon Castagne to death during a social gathering at an apartment on the edge of City Park. Foret posted $10,000 bail for his release as well and awaits a preliminary court hearing scheduled for July 25.
Staff writer Matt Sledge contributed to this report.
Update, Tuesday, July 18, 2017: The New Orleans Coroner's Office spelled Marrero's first name as "Miguel," and the agency said he was 20 years old.