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Family of teen shot during police-involved shooting speaks out

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Updated: 6/10/2013 4:05 pm

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The family of a 15-year-old boy shot during a police-involved shooting speaks out. Meanwhile the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is still trying to determine who shot the teen, a Clay County sheriff's deputy or the young man himself.

Patricia Laughter said her life was torn apart on Saturday night after learning her grandson, 15-year-old Hadrian Rabadan, was shot during a police-involved shooting.

"The boy was my life. I gave up my life many years ago for my grandkids and my daughter," said Patricia Laughter, the grandmother.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said they received a call on Saturday afternoon about a suicidal teen. Laughter said Rabadan called her at work, saying he was going to harm himself so she alerted police. According to investigators, Rabadan became suicidal after a fight with his girlfriend, who has an injunction against him.

Laughter, who has legal custody of Rabadan, said he was on psychiatric medication for depression.

Rabadan's older sister, Anjelica, is still trying to process what happened.

"If you actually sat down and got to know him he was the best friend you could possibly have," said Anjelica Rabadan, a sister.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Rabadan was tracked down to a wooded area on Neptune Road after fleeing from his home as deputies searched for him. Colonel Craig Aldrich said that's when Deputy Jason Graff, with the K-9 unit, spotted Rabadan kneeling in the woods and gunfire was exchanged.

"Let the crime fit the crime death ain't one of them. The dog could've took him down," said Laughter.

Laughter said her grandson is being kept alive through a ventilator to preserve his organs, which they plan to donate.

Rabadan has a criminal record, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft of a firearm both in 2011. Laughter said since then he has stayed out of trouble and was looking forward to starting 10th grade at Orange Park High School in the summer.

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