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SHOSHONE — A Shoshone man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a woman who police say was his biological daughter.

Johnathan Pugh, 61, was arraigned in Lincoln County Thursday on one count of voluntary manslaughter.

A bartender at the Iron Horse Saloon called police Wednesday night after Pugh ran into the bar covered in blood and asking for an ambulance, according to an affidavit.

Pugh told the bartender that a woman had been shot in the head in his store across the street.

When police arrived at the store, they found Pugh lying on top of the woman, sobbing, according to the affidavit.

She was identified as Malani Lang, Pugh’s 36-year-old biological daughter.

Pugh told police that Lang had moved in with him one week earlier.

He said the two were arguing that night about Lang’s childhood and Pugh’s decision to give her up for adoption when she was eight years old.

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Police said Pugh told them that he tried to point the gun at his own head, but it went off and shot Lang instead.

Pugh said he thought the gun didn’t have a magazine in it at the time.

Lang was flown to Portneuf Hospital, where she died, according to a statement from the Shoshone Police Department.

Pugh had a BAC of 0.09 at the time of the shooting, police said.

He was jailed on a $200,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24.


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