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Utah man claims sawed-off shotgun 'accidentally' went off, killing 21-year-old

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Mugshots of 19-year-old Nautika Malakhi Noon and{ }59-year-old Michael Raymond Reyburn. (Duchesne County Jail)

(KUTV) – A Myton, Utah man -- who is facing manslaughter and drug charges -- claims his sawed-off shotgun accidentally discharged while he was answering his front door -- killing a man.

Deputies with the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office say 21-year-old Kyler John Smith was banging on the trailer home door of 59-year-old Michael Raymond Reyburn around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Reyburn told police the sawed-off shotgun he was holding as he was answering the door accidentally fired through the door, hitting Smith in the head.

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Smith lived one trailer away from Reyburn, but police did not say why Smith was banging on Reyburn's door.

Smith died from his injuries Friday and Reyburn was booked into the Duchesne County Jail on manslaughter, carrying a concealed short-barreled shotgun, the transaction of a dangerous weapon as a restricted person, and several drug charges.

The investigation actually led to another arrest for a separate incident.

Police say several hours before Smith was shot, 19-year-old Nautika Malakhi Noon approached Smith, who was sitting outside of his trailer.

Noon is accused of threatening Smith with a pellet gun that "looks like a functioning high-caliber pistol," police said. It's unclear what the argument was about.

Noon is charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and he is being held without bail in the Duchesne County Jail.

Detectives are still investigating both incidents.

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