ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at UF Health after a deputy shooting in Orange Park on Saturday night.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a call around 5:45 p.m. of a concerned grandmother who reported her grandson called her, saying he was going to harm himself.
Deputies arrived at the teen's home at the intersection of Arora Boulevard and Hercules Drive and started to search for him. He was later spotted running through the neighborhood and into a wooded area between homes on Neptune Road.
A Clay County sheriff's deputy with a K9 encountered the teen, and shots were exchanged.
"The officer heard a gunshot and obviously he perceived he was being shot at, so absolutely they were in grave danger, especially being at that close distance, being 30 yards away," said Craig Aldrich of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Aldrich said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating whether or not the deputy's bullet struck the teen, how many shots were fired or if the teen shot himself.
Investigators believe the teen was upset after a fight with his ex-girlfriend, who has an injunction against him. According to police, the 15-year-old also has a criminal history which includes two charges in 2011 for grand theft of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Detectives are working to figure out who owns the gun the teen had and how he was able to get a hold of it. The officer who fired his weapon has been with the Clay County Sheriff's Office for seven years.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in Clay County this year.