Man accused of shooting, killing his brother in north Phoenix

A man was shot and killed in north Phoenix early Saturday morning, and police say his brother was arrested in connection to the deadly shooting.

The shooting happened on Nov. 12 at around 4:30 a.m. near Thunderbird Road and 44th Street at an apartment complex.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, 33-year-old Thomas Jackson was found injured. He was eventually declared dead at the scene.

According to court documents, 35-year-old Dominique Jackson and his brother were allegedly drinking and using drugs while handling a gun at the apartment.

"Dominique sat down and continued manipulating the handgun near his lap," read a portion of the court documents. "While he was handling the gun, it discharged and the victim [Thomas] was struck and killed."

Dominique Jackson

Dominique Jackson

A woman who lived at the apartment and was present when the shooting happened told police the incident was an accident, saying that "Dominique and the victim had not been fighting but rather hanging out and laughing."

During an interview with detectives, Dominique allegedly admitted to handling the gun but said he did not know it was loaded. Dominique then asked for a lawyer and the interview ended.

Two semiautomatic pistols and ammunition were found on the living room sofa. A black semiautomatic pistol was found on the ground next to Thomas' body.

Dominique Jackson was booked into jail. He is accused of manslaughter.