Footage released of man confessing to shooting friend dead

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Police have released bodycam footage showing the moment a man handed himself into police after accidentally shooting his friend dead.

Jordan Bassett said he did not know the 9mm Luger pistol was loaded when he shot friend Addison Packeer at point blank range in December last year.

He told Warwick Crown Court that the gun just “went off” while they were "playing around" at a friend's flat in Coventry.

Bassett told the court he tried to save his friend, as he bled from a wound to the right side of his head on the sofa.

Bassett originally tried to evade capture by fleeing the scene and throwing the gun into a quarry, but he later handed himself in to police.

In the bodycam footage, Bassett can be heard telling officers “that bag there is the clothes I was wearing” during the shooting.

Bassett admitted to manslaughter but was found not guilty of murder.

However he was found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

West Midlands Police spokeswoman Caroline Corfield said anyone who gets involved with guns is putting “themselves and others in serious danger”.

“There is only one purpose to an illegally held, loaded handgun and that is to shoot someone,” she said.

“Here we have a man who has shot dead his best friend. Two families will have to live with the consequences of that for the rest of their lives.”

Bassett will be sentenced later this week.

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