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Caldwell man arrested on murder charge after ‘accidental’ shooting leaves woman dead

Idaho Statesman logo Idaho Statesman 7/29/2022 Alex Brizee, The Idaho Statesman

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A man “accidentally” shot and killed a woman Thursday, Caldwell police said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 5100 block of Danville Street early in the day, according to a news release from the Caldwell Police Department. Police said they found a 59-year-old woman who was shot once in the chest. The woman was treated by paramedics, but she died at the scene.

Steven Smith, 53, of Caldwell, told 911 dispatch that he shot the woman accidentally, police said. He was arrested and booked into the Canyon County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to a news release from the department and online jail records.

The pair lived together, police said. The Idaho Statesman has reached out to Caldwell police for more information.

Authorities said they did not believe anyone else was involved in the incident, and there was no ongoing threat to the public.

Caldwell detectives were investigating the shooting with the help of the Canyon County’s Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Lab team.

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