Noe Valley man arrested on firearms charges pleads not guilty

The Noe Valley man arrested on suspicion of firearm possession Saturday after accidentally shooting his friend pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Rick Kontaxakis, 23, of San Francisco, faces felony charges of negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of an altered firearm by a prohibited person and possession of an assault weapon by a prohibited person, along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of ammunition, Bastian said.

Kontaxakis and some friends were reportedly hanging out and drinking while also fooling around with guns when one of them accidentally went off and struck one of the men in the neck, police said. After the shooting, the men went outside the house in the 600 block of 28th Street and flagged down a police patrol car. Officers initially thought the victim was shot in an attempted robbery.

The men were not entirely cooperative with police and so officers searched the home. They reportedly found many types of firearms and ammunition.

The weapons were linked to Kontaxakis and he was taken into custody. He entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday, Bastian said, and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 18.

Kontaxakis is currently in custody on $300,000 bail.

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