TEMPLE — The victim in an apparent accidental shooting last week has died.
Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said the family of Jack Tennyson decided to remove him from life support on Saturday after Tennyson was shot in the head three days before.
Police charged a 23-year-old man with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting.
The suspect, Douglas Maximus Heffernan, could now face an upgraded charge of either manslaughter or murder.
The distinction will depend on impending action by Bell County grand jury, which should hear the case in the coming months. Heffernan remains in Bell County Jail with bail set at $500,000.
Tennyson’s death marks the second homicide of the year in Killeen.
Heffernan, Tennyson and a third man were in the living room of Heffernan’s home in the 3500 block of Pebble Drive on Jan. 16 when the shooting occurred. An arrest affidavit stated Heffernan had been cleaning a Taurus revolver when the gun fired and struck Tennyson in the head.
Police confiscated the weapon and noted in the affidavit that with the chamber closed, bullets were clearly visible.