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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson County Court  for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend on Saturday.

Police say Sean Ray, 41, was drunk when he shot Kari Tabor in the 1900 block of South Norton Ave. Saturday afternoon.

In the police report, investigators say Ray told them he did not know there was a round of ammunition in the rifle when he pointed it at her and pulled the trigger.

During the police interview, officers say Ray told them his girlfriend was yelling at him about using $56.75 to buy dog food and cat litter. According to officers, Ray told them he turned toward her and intentionally pointed the gun at her and said, "What the f*** do you want from me?"

The argument over money continued and Ray reportedly told police that his girlfriend told him two times to stop pointing the gun at her.

Ray told police he did not intentionally pull the trigger, but the gun went off and she was shot in the stomach.  According to the report, she lifted her shirt up and they saw that she had been hit.  Then Ray called 911.

Police said that two hours after the shooting, Ray's blood-alcohol concentration measured .222

Kari Jean Tabor was 46-years old.

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