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Manatee County teen shooting at animals in trash, accidentally kills himself

Posted at 11:08 AM, Feb 09, 2018

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy is dead after he reportedly told his parents he went outside to shoot animals that were getting into the trash, when he accidentally shot and killed himself. 

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, in reference to a gunshot wound. 

EMS arrived on scene and began life-saving measures on the teen. The victim was identified as Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Investigators say the parents were in their bedroom when they heard a gunshot. Wyatt reportedly entered the home and told them he shot himself after he went outside to shoot animals that were getting into the trash. 

The shooting appears to be accidental, according to deputies. A handgun was recovered at the scene. 

The investigation by detectives determined that Wyatt was outside with three friends when the shooting happened. The victim had the gun out and accidentally shot himself and the witnesses were scared and left the scene, according to deputies. 

"At this time, there will be no charges as the incident appears to be a tragic accident" said MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow.

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