A teen says a gun accidentally went off when he tried to take it from another teen trying to commit suicide.
Christopher Parker, 15, of Rossville, died Saturday afternoon, March 24, from a shot to his right chest, according to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office. Parker was a sophomore at Heritage High School.
The death has been classified as accidental.
Officials aren’t entirely convinced they know all the details, and the GBI has joined the investigation.
Results from a March 26 autopsy have not been released, and calls to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for more information have not been returned.
The teen said he tried to stop Parker from committing suicide and initially told police he was outside a “trailer” at 10817 Ga. 151 (Alabama Highway) in Ringgold. He said he was picking up cans when he heard a “boom” inside, according to Lt. Ed Vickrey with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Reports gave few details about the trailer, including if one of the teens lived in the trailer. Vickrey, in his report, said it is a “recreational” trailer set up behind a small, unoccupied house at the end of “a long driveway.”
The friend, whose name has not been released publicly, initially said he found Parker on a couch and bleeding from the chest, Vickrey said. The friend said Parker had threatened suicide earlier that day.
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