Jadon Vaughn died after being shot, and his friend was charged with manslaughter in his shooting death, police said.
An 11-year-old boy has been arrested and accused of murder in the mysterious death of his 14-year-old friend, authorities said.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the boy was arrested Wednesday. Deputies said Jadon Vaughn, 14, was a visit to the Lake City, Florida, the home of the 11-year-old boy and his 13-year-old brother Wednesday.
The boys were left alone in the house when the brothers ‘ parents went out for the night. The children are understood to have struggled, at which point the 11-year-old pulled out a gun from his parents ‘ room, researchers said. The boy removed the magazine but left a round back. The gun discharged when the boy pointed to Vaughn, to kill him, the officials said.
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The boy and his brother initially claimed Vaughn threatened them with a knife, but later admitted that she has a knife in addition to the 14-year-old body, they think “would be in less trouble,” News 4 Jax reported.
“This is a tragic and avoidable death,” Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said in a press release. “Our hearts are broken for families; a lost son and the other goes to fight with these events for the rest of their lives.”
The younger boy was held on a young facility in Gainesville.
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In the state of Florida it is illegal to leave an unsecured firearm within reach of a child.” The researchers discovered two pistols in the parents ‘ bedroom. No charges have been filed against the 11-year-old boy from the parents, but Columbia County Sgt. Murray Smith said that it was a possibility.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to raise money for the Vaughn’s funeral.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.