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Police report: Suspect says fatal Palms shooting accidental

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Updated: 5/19/2014 12:41 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The man charged with murder in the fatal shooting Thursday night in a fantasy suite at the Palms Casino turned himself into Metro on Sunday morning.

According to Metro's arrest report, Jim Johnson claims his 9mm pistol fell off a table and discharged, striking the victim, 25-year-old Evan Plunkett, in the chest.

Johnson surrendered to Metro at 10 a.m. Sunday with his attorney, William Terry.

The report also states that Johnson and several friends who had been invited to the party by the victim were seated at a table with a large amount of marijuana and three guns, according to a witness.

Another witness told police he had been at the party about three hours when he heard a gunshot while he was on the first floor of the suite. He also said he heard there was a fight before the shooting but he did not see the fight nor the shooting. He also said that Johnson said the shooting was an accident and that he was going to turn himself in.

Johnson was the legal owner of the gun, according to a Metro detective. The gun was turned in when Johnson surrendered to police.

Johnson's first court date is Tuesday morning.


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