Mary Alice Reporting –
A 14-year-old boy was taken to several hospitals where he later died due to a gunshot wound.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an 11-year-old, who reported that her brother had shot himself in the head.
Sheriff Orvis Campbell notes the call was chaotic as officials responded Wednesday, at 8:15pm, at a home on Tabor Ridge Road, in Mineral City.
“We’re trying to shift through some of the details in that call which are difficult to hear at times. The 11-year-old girl initiated CPR with the instructions of the 911 dispatcher.”
The children, the 11 and 14-year-olds and a 9-year-old, were the only ones home as the adults were seeking medical care due to a crash that happened earlier that day.
“While the 911 call was taking place, those family members returned back home. They knew nothing of it. They literally walked into this scene and had these children trying to explain to them what happened. The adults took over CPR. Deputies arrived on scene shortly after, who then took over CPR.”
The city’s fire department transported the teenager to Cleveland Clinic and he was then flown to Akron Children’s where he was later pronounced deceased.
“The initial statements from the two juveniles, that were there, indicate that the 14-year-old was playing with a gun. At this point, that’s about all the details we can release.”
The investigation is still active as more interviews will be conducted with Job and Family Services involved.
Sheriff Campbell adds that this is a tragic situation for the family, the children, and all involved first responders.
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