Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Russell Fairchild admits manslaughter of Chris Humphreys

Russell Fairchild and Chris Humphreys
Image caption Russell Fairchild (left) shot Chris Humphreys with an air rifle in May

A 47-year-old man who shot a man in the head with an air rifle in Sheffield has admitted manslaughter.

Chris Humphreys, 24, died in hospital six days after he was shot at a house on Handsworth Grange Road at about 22:30 BST on 5 May.

Russell Fairchild, of Handsworth Grange Road, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday. He was bailed until sentencing on 24 October.

Mr Humphreys' family said it was the end of a "terrible ordeal".

'Dangerous items'

"We can now begin to grieve the devastating loss of Chris who was a fantastic son and brother," they said in a statement.

Det Insp Victoria Short, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "Even though air weapons can be legally owned, they are very dangerous items and must be treated as such.

"These weapons must be used in the correct and appropriate manner, stored safely, and not played with while under the influence of alcohol.

"Our thoughts are with Christopher's family as they begin this next step of the grieving process."

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