Former Braves pitcher Williams Perez was involved in an accidental shooting that killed his pitching coach in Venezuela, according to a sports journalist there.
According to Marcos Grunfield, Perez reportedly was handing a gun he owned to Cesar Quintero when it accidentally discharged. The 26-year-old Perez has been arrested and is cooperating with the police investigation.
Perez, who was born in Acarigua, Venezuela, pitched for the Chicago Cubs’ Triple A team in Iowa last season, going 7-10 with a 5.01 ERA.
He pitched for the Braves in 2015 and 2016 and was 9-9 with a 5.18 ERA.
The Braves released Perez after the 2016 season and he signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs.