Man selling modified shotgun accidentally shoots, kills himself, police say

El Paso police investigate deadly shooting near Mohair and Desert View drives in northeast on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

A man who died in an accidental shooting was mishandling an illegally-modified shotgun that he was preparing to sell, police said.

The shooting happened on the 12400 block of Desert View Drive. Police responded to a shots fired call just before 1 a.m. Tuesday and found Israel Perez, 41, on the sidewalk.

Police initially reported the incident as a homicide, but the investigation revealed the man shot himself by accident, a spokesperson with the department said.

According to police, Perez arrived at Desert View Drive to sell a shotgun that had illegal modifications.

From the passenger side of his vehicle, Perez pulled the rear seat down to access the trunk and retrieve the shotgun, police said.

The shotgun’s trigger was snagged and Perez pulled the shotgun, which fired and struck Perez, police said.

Police said the shotgun’s modifications compromised safety features, which resulted in the trigger being exposed as the right trigger guard was removed.

A woman working at a nearby Circle K said she lives in the area and considers it to be a quiet neighborhood.

“It’s close to home and for something like that to happen, you’re kind of in shock for a little while,” said Johnnie Coleman.

Police said the case remains open pending final autopsy results.

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