Weber County boy killed in target shooting accident

A 14-year-old Weber County boy was killed Sunday afternoon in what authorities believe was an accidental shooting in Rich County. The teenager was a passenger in a white Chevy truck, driven by his father, when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet.

Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey said the bullet was fired at a target several hundred feet from the truck. The shooter involved as well as witnesses stated that they did not know there was a road down range, and could not see the vehicle due to thick brush and trees.

The truck was driving near Ely Ridge, off the Monte Cristo Highway. The shooting was reported around 3:30 p.m. when dispatch operators received a 911 call, stating that the boy had been shot.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld out of respect to his family.

Stacey said investigators from several agencies worked through the afternoon and Monday morning to reconstruct the scene. They believe it appears to have been unintentional.

No charges have been filed. Once the investigation is complete though, all information and evidence will be turned over to the Rich County Prosecutor to determine if further action is warranted.

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