Man charged in death of friend; He says they were playing with rifle



MUDDY CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A man has been charged in the death of his friend in Butler County.

Jeremey Sickenberger, 22, is facing a general homicide charge. 

Earlier Friday, Sickenberger told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that he and his friend, T.J. Stockman, 21,  were playing with a rifle after watching a war scene of a movie.

“We were just messing around.  As soon as he fell, I called the paramedic," he said.

Sickenberger told detectives that the gun accidentally went off and a single bullet hit Stockman in the chest.

“I lost my best friend, but it also feels like I lost a brother,” Sickenberger said.

Sickenberger said they didn’t think the gun was loaded.