Dying Too Young: Michael Contway

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009
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Name: Michael Contway

Age: 13

Place of residence: Chandler

Died: Dec. 30, 2008

What happened: Michael, a student at Davenport schools, died one day after a friend accidentally shot him in the head with a .22-caliber revolver while playing. Michael's great-grandfather said Michael's parents gave him the revolver for Christmas. Michael was carrying a .380 automatic pistol when he was shot, investigators determined.

Other: Under Oklahoma law, someone who gives a pistol to a child can be charged with a misdemeanor. District Attorney Richard Smothermon, however, decided not to charge anyone.

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