Crime

Linda Kochman's Gunshot Death: Manslaughter or Terrible, Drunken Accident?

Linda Kochman, 43, was shot to death over the weekend in an incident that's been ruled a homicide, and Erik Dlouhy, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. In an arrest report, however, Dlouhy portrays what happened as a tragic accident, albeit one that was allegedly fueled by a large volume of alcohol. Additional photos and details below.

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Kochman's Facebook page features a slew of gorgeous portraits, including this one....

...and this one: The images are especially poignant given what took place early Saturday, October 4, on the 3000 block of Michigan Avenue in Colorado Springs.

At nineteen minutes past midnight, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers were dispatched to the scene on a report of a shooting. There, they found Kochman, who was already dead of a gunshot wound, and took Dlouhy into custody on a manslaughter beef.

More specifics can be found in an arrest report obtained by both KKTV and the Colorado Springs Gazette.

An earlier report by the former notes that Kochman had three kids and an estranged husband living in Denver -- information that gibes with family information on her Facebook page. The station adds that Dlouhy was living at Kochman's home at the time of the shooting, and in the police affidavit, he refers to her as his wife.

On the night in question, the Gazette reports that Dlouhy and several other people at the house were drinking, with the arrest document mentioning that he'd consumed a pint of whiskey. He and Kochman had gotten into an argument at some point, he told investigators, after which he'd gone for a walk to cool off.

Upon his return, he joined Kochman in the bedroom, where he says the conversation led her to brandish a .40 semi-automatic handgun. In the report, Dlouhy insists that he took the gun from her, removed the magazine and emptied the live rounds onto the floor. Shortly thereafter, though, he said the two of them were "jacking around" with the gun when it went off, firing into her head. An excerpt from the affidavit cited by KKTV emphasizes the accident scenario. It reads: "Erik Dlouhy stated several times during the interview that he would never 'intentionally' shoot his wife, but it was very possible that when he grabbed the gun it went off, striking his wife in the head."

Dlouhy remains in custody at this writing. In the meantime, we offer our sincere condolences to Kochman's friends, family and loved ones.

Here's a look at Dlouhy's booking photos.

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