Uncle charged with manslaughter in shooting death of 12-year-old nephew

Cesar Chavez, 22, is charged with manslaughter. (Photo: Houston Police Department)

Charges have been filed against the uncle of a 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed in an incident last Friday. 

Cesar Chavez, 22, is charged with manslaughter in the 228th State District Court. 

BACKGROUND: 12-year-old boy fatally shot on Velma Ave., possible suspect detained: HPD

The shooting occurred on the 6000 block of Velma Lane, just before 6:30 p.m.

When authorities arrived, they found the 12-year-old boy, Chavez' nephew, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Authorities said Chavez told investigators his nephew was playing with a toy gun, and he wanted to play with him. 

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That's when, according to authorities, Chavez grabbed the weapon, thinking it was unloaded, and fired, striking the victim. 

Chavez was later arrested and charged. 

Bond for Chavez was set at $100,000.