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Tuesday July 7th, 2015 3:50PM

Police charge Jasper man with accidental shooting death in Helen

By Rob Moore Reporter
HELEN - One person is dead and another wounded after what appears to be an accidental shooting in Helen Saturday night.<br /> <br /> The incident happened around 10:40 p.m. along Main Street (Georgia Highway 75.<br /> <br /> Helen police officers initially were dispatched to a call of shots fired on North Main Street near the Biergarten.<br /> <br /> When officers reached the area, they saw a man sitting on a bench with an apparent gunshot wound to his hand.<br /> <br /> That male was found to be in possession of a small-caliber handgun.<br /> <br /> Additionally, officers on scene were made aware of an injured woman just across North Main Street.<br /> <br /> "We have a deceased 68-year-of-age female at the Marketplatz," said Helen Police Chief Jim Couch overnight. <br /> <br /> Sunday morning Couch released more details.<br /> <br /> "Upon rendering aid it was determined that she appeared to also be injured by a gunshot wound to her side," Couch said.<br /> <br /> Bystanders attempted first aid on the woman before emergency personnel arrived. She was pronounced dead at the scene.<br /> <br /> The male was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.<br /> <br /> The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in and has taken over the investigation, Couch said.<br /> <br /> "It was determined that the male had accidentally discharged the weapon into his hand," Couch said. "The bullet then traveled across Main Street, striking the female victim in the side."<br /> <br /> The name of the woman who was killed, a Texas resident, is being withheld pending notification of family members.<br /> <br /> The man, 53-year-old Patrick Lampien of Jasper, will be charged by Helen Police Department with involuntary manslaughter, Couch said.
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