Sheriff’s Release Info On Shooting Death

The man who was arrested last weekend after a shooting incident in Sweetwater County has been formally charged with Manslaughter. 41-year-old Jeffrey Tarnovich was taken into custody Sunday for after he reportedly shot 43-year-old Danielle Martin of Rock Springs. Involuntary Manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. However, prosecutors in the case have filed a Notice of Intent to Seek Enhancement, which could lead to a sentence of life in prison. Officers responded to the shooting Sunday afternoon where they found, Taranovich, another man, and the body of Martin, who appeared to have died from a gunshot wound to the head. The other man told deputies Taranovich and Martin went into a bedroom, where he assumed they “were going to smoke dope. The man followed them into the room where Taranovich was sitting in a chair with a gun sitting in his lap that was pointed at Martin. The man said he heard the gun go off and saw that Taranovich shot Martin. He believes the shooting was accidental.  Taranovich claims he did not realize there was a live round in the chamber, and that he was cleaning the gun when it went off. The Notice of Intent to Seek Enhancement is related to previous felony charges that Taranovich has received for illegal drugs and vehicle theft. Taranovich’s bond was set at $600,000.

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