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Bond set at $25K for suspect in deadly gun incident

Tanner Graap is charged with homicide by negligent use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 10:35 AM CST
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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) - Bond has been set $25,000 cash for a 27-year-old Merrill man accused of discharging a firearm resulting in the death of a woman. Tanner Graap is charged with homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

Merrill Police said the incident was accidental. It happened around 11 a.m. on Tuesday at home on the 200 block of E. 5th Street in the home’s lower unit.

Court documents state Graap walked into a door frame while attempting to put a handgun in his coat’s chest pocket. He told investigators the handgun came forward with his finger on the trigger and fired. A woman was sitting in the kitchen and was shot in the back.

The victim was identified in court documents as Kayla Frank, 28.

Authorities said Frank was unresponsive when first responders arrived. She was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead.

The case is still under investigation. The State Crime Lab is assisting the Merrill Police Department.

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