Cops, Courts and Fire

Newtown Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter After Death Of Friend


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A Newtown man was charged Sunday with aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter relating to a death in the Lehigh Valley.

Daniel Ryan Brymer, 21, was arraigned at 1:30 a.m. Sunday before Berks County District Judge Michael G. Hartman. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bail.

Allentown-based WFMZ reported the charges were related to the shooting death of a man Saturday afternoon at a home on Kutztown Road in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County.

Daniel J. Smith, 31, Muhlenberg, was killed when Brymer accidentally shot and killed him while at his house helping him pack for a move. After the men were playing with an air gun, Brymer mistakenly pulled a real 9mm handgun and shot at Smith, according to court papers obtained by the Reading Eagle newspaper.

Police wrote in court papers that emergency responders arrived to find Brymer rendering aid to his fatally wounded friend, the newspaper reported.

Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.


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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001