Police arrest Seven Fields man in fatal shooting
A Butler County man told police he fatally shot his friend with a shotgun in his home after talking to her about what it would be like to shoot someone, investigators reported Wednesday.
Eric Rutledge, 18, of Seven Fields said he thought the 12-gauge shotgun was unloaded when he aimed it at Courtney Daily, 18, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and pulled the trigger, according to a police affidavit.
Rutledge called police about 9:35 p.m. Tuesday to report the shooting at his home on Woodhaven Drive, Cranberry police said.
Daily, who was hit in the chest, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian, where she died at 12:30 a.m., police said. Rutledge was in the Butler County Jail, charged with homicide.
Rutledge told police he grabbed the shotgun from a closet when he and Daily heard noises from the first floor, according to the affidavit. Rutledge said he thought the noises were made by pets but still loaded a single shell into the tube of the shotgun, the complaint said. He said he never loaded that round into the chamber of the weapon and thought the chamber was empty.
Rutledge said he and Daily, whom police described as a friend visiting from Colorado, began talking about what it would be like to be shot or shoot another person, according the complaint. Daily took the shotgun, pointed it at Rutledge and said she didn’t think she had the nerve to shoot another person, according to the complaint.
Rutledge, who said he wasn’t threatened by what she did, took the shotgun, aimed it at her and pulled the trigger, thinking it was unloaded and the safety was on, the complaint said.
Daily’s family declined to comment through a funeral home spokeswoman in Colorado Springs. Rutledge’s family could not be reached.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3.