PD: Juvenile charged with manslaughter in connection to Ethan Song’s death

New Haven

10 months after Ethan Song accidentally shot himself in the head at a friend’s house on Seaside Avenue, the teen he was with at the time has been charged with manslaughter in his death. 

Guilford police are not releasing the name of that minor due to his age, but we have learned he was also charged with reckless endangerment in another incident prior to Song’s death. Those details are not available because the case is being handled in juvenile court. 

Disturbing new details are emerging in the Waterbury state’s attorney’s report on Song’s death and the three guns inside the home. Documents state that in the months prior to Jan. 31th, 2018, the juveniles had gained access to the man’s weapons and played with them on several occasions. 

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Police are not charging the owner of the gun because “there is no evidence the gun used was loaded at the time it was stored.” Investigators said the weapons were locked in a container and the owner wasn’t aware the teens were getting their hands on them.

Ammunition was in a box next to the weapon that killed Song.  

News 8 talked exclusively with Song’s father just months after his son’s death. 

“As a dad who has just recently had a really terrible, tragic thing happen within my family, it’s very deep. It’s very visceral for me,” Mike Song said. 

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Mike Song said support from the community helped his family get through their darkest days while advocating for gun safety legislation. 

“I think nothing brings back a life, but I think it brings us back to life. We’re really just grateful to live in an amazing community,” he said.

The parents of Ethan Song will be holding a press conference Tuesday morning, days after learning no charges would be filed against the owner of the gun that killed their son.

The family said they plan to announce a bold, new initiative. 

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