Police: Lakewood man says he accidentally shot, killed 19-year-old wife while cleaning rifle

LAKEWOOD -- A 20-year-old man said he accidentally shot and killed his 19-year-old wife while he was cleaning his rifle Thursday night, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 6 p.m. at the Beaumont Grand Apartments in the 8500 block of 82nd Street SW in Lakewood.

Police said one shot was fired, and that there is no history of domestic violence between the couple.

A neighbor called 9-1-1 because the husband was too distraught, police said.

The man was booked into Pierce County Jail shortly after midnight Friday. He is being held for investigation of first-degree manslaughter.

On Friday, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim, his wife, as Tarrah Nemetz and said she died from a gunshot wound to the head.