PHOENIX - A 17-year-old was accidentally shot to death by his friend after burglarizing a Phoenix home Tuesday afternoon.
According to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump, officers initially responded to a shooting call near 83rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
When police arrived at the scene, they found a neighbor performing CPR on an unresponsive 17-year-old male.
Crump said the 17-year-old, along with a 15-year-old girl and 16-year old boy, stole several weapons and other items from a home in the area.
The 15-year-old girl was going through the items when she grabbed one of the stolen guns and began to manipulate it. Thinking she had cleared the weapon, she pointed the gun at the 17-year-old, pulled the trigger and shot him in the chest. Police said the teen later died from his injuries.
Friends tell ABC15 the teen who died was a student at Tolleson High School and an active member of the ROTC program. They said he was killed while wearing his uniform.
“I guess he died with some pride you know,” said his friend Luis Ramirez. “Dying in the uniform like that.”
Crump said the 15-year-old suspect is being detained on homicide and burglary charges. The 16-year-old suspect will be charged with the burglary.
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