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Salem Police respond on Attempted Suicide with a gunshot fired

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: April 20th, 2013 3:58 PM

SPD Case #13-14695
Occ. time/date: 1:21pm, Sat., 04/20/13
Location: 1500 block of Marshall Dr. SE, Salem

Salem Police responded to a report of a 16 yr old juvenile with a handgun who was threatening to kill himself. Officers responded while Dispatch was in communication with a parent,who was with the juvenile. Another 12 yr old child in the home was able to exit the residence to officers outside. The situation continued on until 2:16pm, when a single gunshot from inside the residence was heard. Officers made entry, confronted the juvenile, who was in possession of the handgun, disarmed him and physically secured him. No one was injured from the shot fired.

Investigation revealed the 16 yr old has prior medical issues and had gotten possession of the firearm without parental knowledge. The 16 yr old was taken to Salem Hospital for evaluation on a Police Officer Hold.

The 16 yr old juvenile was charged with Recklessly Endangering Another and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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