17-year-old Smithville boy dies in accidental shooting

SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Police are investigating after a 17-year-old from Smithville, Missouri, was shot and killed over the weekend.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at a home along Highland Avenue near East Woods Street.

According to police, the handgun was not intentionally fired. The teen was pronounced dead at the home.

Capt. Tony Roetman with the Smithville Police Department said it’s very hard on the family, of course, and their friends.

“People should be safe with firearms, obviously. Hug your kids. Things happen sometimes, unfortunately. Hug your kids.”

Police said nobody else was involved in the shooting.

Smithville Schools released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“The Smithville School District grieves with the family and friends of a Smithville High School junior, who passed away from an accident that happened on Friday. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends during this difficult time.

“Please join us in keeping the student’s family and friends in mind in the days and months ahead.”

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