Thomas Parkinson Wiki – Biography
Thomas Parkinson, Florida man is charged with manslaughter after police say he shot his twin brother in the face while the two were joking around.
The incident happened on October 18 as the brothers sat in a parked car together with a friend outside of the twins’ home in Gulfport, according to the arrest affidavit.
Thomas was sitting in the middle of the backseat while his brother, Matthias, sat in the passenger seat. A friend of the brothers sat in the driver’s seat of the Nissan Pathfinder according to Gulfport Police.
Thomas Parkinson Age
Thomas Parkinson is 23-years-old.
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Charged & Arrested
According to the arrest report, both men were carrying concealed guns and the brothers “were joking around” when Matthias took his weapon out and pointed it at Thomas.
Thomas then pulled out his gun from a holster he had on that was part of his security guard belt for his job as a security officer. Thomas removed the safety and fired a shot that hit Matthias in the left side of the face, killing him.
Thomas was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and released on $30,000 bond, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
The witness who was sitting in the driver’s seat said he was looking at a passing car when Thomas pulled the trigger and shot Mattias, but told police that the twins were just kidding around when they both pointed guns at each other, the arrest affidavit says.
Investigation & Statement
Thomas told police he shot his brother but said he didn’t mean to “and could not recollect actually pulling the trigger,” according to the arrest report. Thomas immediately tried to render some kind of first aid to Matthias once he realized he accidentally shot him, to no avail.
Gulfport police call the senseless killing an instance of “culpable negligence” because Thomas did not intend to kill his twin brother, yet he pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger.
Statistics from a company that deals in cleaning up crime scenes called Aftermath found that there has been an increase in accidental shootings since the pandemic, writing, “Shelter-in-place orders during the coronavirus pandemic have led to major spikes in accidental shootings at home by children. Deadly unintentional shootings were up 43% in March & April compared to the same months in the previous 2 years.”
According to Aftermath, “The majority of people killed in firearm accidents are under age 24, and most of these young people are being shot by someone else, usually someone their own age. The shooter is typically a friend or family member, often an older brother.”
The reason for that, Aftermath reports, is because of young people’s “specific behavioral characteristics associated with adolescence, such as impulsivity, feelings of invincibility, and curiosity about firearms.”
Gulfport police said in a press release that Thomas “had apparently been wearing the belt, with a personally-owned firearm, to show it off to the others.”
According to investigators, Thomas said he wasn’t acting in self-defense because he didn’t think his brother was going to shoot him. He “said that he reacted automatically based on training and that he does not know why he did so,” the press release said.