Florence man dies in accidental shooting during night of heavy drinking

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. – A Florence man died following an accidental shooting during a night of heavy drinking, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Robert DeArman III, 27, was shot Friday night while he and three other friends were at a home in the 10200 block of North Highway 79.

According to the sheriff's office, one of the friends had removed a Springfield Armory .40-caliber handgun from his backpack to show it to the others.

As DeArman was handing it back to the owner, one of the men accidentally pulled the trigger and DeArman was shot once in the chest.

Friends immediately called 911 and attempted to give him CPR.

Deputies and medics arrived at about 11:30 p.m. and DeArman was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Guns and alcohol are a deadly combination," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "These friends gathered for what was supposed to be a night of drinking and fun. Clearly, judgment is impaired when consuming alcohol. As a result of poor judgment, these friends along with the victim's family are left to grieve over his untimely death."

The investigation continues and the results will be submitted to the Pinal County Attorney's Office for review.