A Baton Rouge woman is behind bars after she accidentally fatally shot her boyfriend during an argument. That’s according to Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, who says 25-year-old Larriana Hughes came home to her boyfriend, 27-year-old Christopher Payne, after receiving a text from him. Coppola says they began to argue, and Payne began slapping Hughes in the face.

“Then he grabbed a gun from the vehicle, loaded it, and put it in her possession, making the comment to her that this was her chance to get rid of him,” Coppola said.

Coppola says Hughes was trying to put the gun away when she accidentally shot her boyfriend in the torso.

“As the girlfriend picked up the firearm to move it to the passenger side of the vehicle, he again had slapped her, causing her to accidentally discharge the firearm,” Coppola said.

Coppola says Payne was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He says Hughes sustained minor injuries in the dispute before her arrest.

“She had made mention that this was purely accidental, not out of self-defense or anger. She was then later booked into the parish prison on charges of negligent homicide,” Coppola said.