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Whitehaven man indicted in accidental shooting of friend, shot when he was handed a rifle

Deuntavious Smith is charged with reckless homicide in the death of Gary Cheatham Jr. in April of this year.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 11/4/2021 - A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted a Whitehaven man in the shooting death of a friend who was accidentally shot.

Deuntavious Smith is charged with reckless homicide. He is out of jail on $25,000 bond.

Investigators said the shooting happened about 11:40 p.m. on April 26, 2021 in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 5000 block of Village Wood Drive.

Prosecutors said Smith told officers he was in the driver’s seat of his car when he handed an AR-15 style rifle to his friend Gary Cheatham Jr. of Horn Lake, Mississippi. Prosecutors said the rifle discharged as Cheatham grabbed hit, shooting him in the chest. 

Cheatham died at the scene.


4/27/2021 - Memphis Police are investigating after they said a man was found shot to death overnight.

It happened about midnight in the 5000 block of Village Woods Drive, not far from Airways Boulevard and E. Holmes Road.

Officers found one man dead at the scene. They have not said what led to the shooting.

One man has been detained.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. 

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