Police: Man accidentally shot friend, then killed himself - WNEM TV 5

Police: Man accidentally shot friend, then killed himself

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MERRILL, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities say a man who unintentionally shot his friend during a party has died from his self-inflicted injuries.

The shooting happened about 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 at a Bavarian Haus apartment in Merrill.

Lt. Mike Gomez from the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office said a gun was revealed at 20-year-old Zachary Woodcock’s party and unintentionally went off.

Richard Cody Skillman, a 21-year-old man, was shot in the chest and died at the scene from his injury.

Gomez said after the shooting, Woodcock went outside and shot himself. He was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries over the weekend.

Officers believe there was only one gun involved in the shooting and during their investigation found several other guns in the apartment.

The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.

Officers are still trying to determine if alcohol was a factor and why the gun was revealed at the party.

A benefit has been set up to help Skillman's family with expenses. It will be held Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon-4 p.m. at EJ's Bar & Grill, 125 N. Midland Street, Merrill. There will be a goulash dinner, with a raffle and donations accepted.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to Woodcock's family cover costs associated with healthcare and memorial expenses.

According to his obituary, Skillman attended Baker College of Owosso, and the Tri-Area Trucking School in Freeland. He also drove trucks for Crop Production Services in Henderson, Michigan. 

Friends may visit with the family at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel at 125 E. Saginaw Street in Merrill on Friday, Jan. 26 from 3:00-8:00 p.m.  Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at Marion Township Cemetery in Marion Springs. 

The funeral service will take place at noon Saturday, Jan. 27 at East Washington United Brethren Church, located at 8051 E. Washington Road in Ashley.

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