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Stratford Man, 21, Held On $500K Bond In Shooting Death Of His Niece

Michael “Buddha” Catchings
Michael “Buddha” Catchings Photo Credit: Stratford Police Department

STRATFORD, Conn. — A 21-year-old Stratford man charged was manslaughter in the shooting death of his 27-year-old niece was held on $500,000 bond after his arraignment Monday, according to the Connecticut Post.

Michael “Buddha” Catchings is charged with first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, attempted murder, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a permit, unlawful discharge and threatening. 

He is accused of shooting and killing Raenetta Catchings in front of her Stratford home just after midnight on Aug. 13 and shooting and wounding her boyfriend, police said.

Related story: Stratford Man, 21, Charged In Fatal Shooting Of His Niece, 27

The shooting occurred after a family birthday party at the home, according to the Post. Raenetta Catchings and her boyfriend left the house and argued outside, the Connecticut Post said.

The argument worsened, and Michael Catchings tried to protect his niece but shot her accidentally and took off, the Connecticut Post said. He was arrested later after turning himself in to police. 

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