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No charges expected against teen who lied about shooting himself

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BAYFIELD COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - No charges are expected against a northern Wisconsin teenager who accidentally shot himself – and claimed that somebody else did it so he wouldn’t get in trouble at home.

Bayfield County Chief Deputy Dan Clark said the 16-year-old boy was not supposed to be touching his family’s weapons when nobody was around – but he did anyway.

The incident happened on Sunday night.

Officers were first told that the boy was shot by somebody who was trying to steal things from his dad’s pickup truck.

Investigators later concluded that the boy shot himself in the lower leg with a 22-caliber pistol. He did not have a life-threatening injury. 

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