Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Public safety

Sheriff's Office: St. Petersburg teenager arrested after accidentally shooting friend

ST. PETERSBURG — Deputies arrested a 16-year-old boy after authorities said he accidentally shot a friend in the ankle Saturday morning.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the boy, who the Tampa Bay Times is not identifying because of his age, was showing a gun to a 17-year-old friend at his home. It accidentally went off, striking his friend in the ankle.

The friend, who the Sheriff's Office did not identify because of his age, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies arrested the 16-year-old on charges of delinquent in possession of a gun and ammunition, culpable negligence and felony violation of probation.

The 17-year-old originally told deputies he was walking near the intersection of 50th Avenue and 80th Street North when a man drove by and shot him, the Sheriff's Office said. He then walked to a house at 7949 50th Ave. N, where a friend called 911, he said.

During interviews, both teenagers eventually said it was an accident. Detectives found the .45-caliber handgun involved in the shooting as well as a second gun at the 16-year-old's house.

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