EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – An Eau Claire man charged with homicide in a 2021 shooting death reaches a plea deal in Eau Claire County court. The homicide charge against 56-year-old Selwyn Smith was dismissed.

Smith was charged with 1st-degree reckless homicide in the February 2021 shooting death of 38-year-old Freddie Flowers. According to the criminal complaint, Eau Claire police officers responded to a home on Dodge Street after a mail carrier reported hearing gunshots.

Flowers was found dead from a gunshot wound. Smith showed up at the home and told police he was the one who fired the shots but had no intention of killing Flowers, who Smith says was trying to kick in his door.

While the homicide charge was dismissed, Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a firearm as a felon. Smith also pleaded guilty to drug charges as part of the plea deal, according to online court records. Sentencing for Smith is scheduled for December 5th.