JSO: 17-year-old shoots himself trying to hide gun during traffic stop

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police said a 17-year-old shot himself while trying to hide a gun during a traffic stop near Baymeadows Road and Philips Highway on Friday night.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said an officer initiated a traffic stop on an SUV that had no headlights and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, the officer counted five adults and one infant in the vehicle.


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As the officer talked with the driver by his police cruiser, a single gunshot was heard in the SUV, JSO said. The officer drew his firearm and all occupants exited the vehicle and screamed that a passenger in the SUV's luggage compartment shot himself.

The 17-year-old was sitting in the very back of the SUV when he accidentally shot himself. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The infant had a fever and was taken to the hospital, along with its mother.

One person in the vehicle was arrested on a pending warrant for burglary. Marijuana was found in the vehicle and more charges are pending, JSO said.


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