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West Valley teen dies after accidental shooting

A 14-year-old boy has died from what West Valley police believe was "most likely" caused by an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A 14-year-old boy has died from what West Valley police believe was "most likely" caused by an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Brandon Whitworth, KSL-TV)



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WEST VALLEY CITY — A 14-year-old boy has died from what police believe was "most likely" caused by an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

West Valley police were called about 10 p.m. Saturday to a home near 3100 South and 4800 West on a report of a possible shot fired. Officers arrived to find a boy had been shot, according to West Valley Police Lt. Steve Beardshall.

Police tweeted later Sunday, saying, "The initial investigation into the shooting death of a 14-year-old West Valley City boy indicates the shooting was accidental. Evidence at the scene points to the accidental nature of the shooting, however, a full investigation will be conducted."

The investigation into how the boy got the gun was continuing Monday.

The boy, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, died Sunday afternoon at the hospital, according to police. His name has not yet been released.

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Ashley Fredde covers human services, minority communities and women's issues for KSL.com. She also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment news. She's a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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