Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Arrest 17-Year-Old Boy After He Shoots Friend
The incident occurred at about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at a residence located at 11439 60th Terrace North, in
Deputies responded to the home after it was reported that a 17-year-old male victim had been shot in the back with a handgun.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the victim and three other male juveniles at the residence. The victim informed deputies that he was accidentally shot by one of his friends at the residence.
Detectives say that one of the other juveniles in the home, 17-year-old Jacob McMann, told deputies at the scene that the shooting was a result of a home invasion robbery attempt and they did not know who shot the victim.
Detectives interviewed the other juvenile witnesses at the scene and determined that the boys were smoking marijuana at the residence when McMann started playing with a handgun he had in his possession. The handgun reportedly accidentally discharged and the bullet struck the victim in the back.
Detectives located the Beretta .45 caliber handgun used in the shooting, hidden under a couch pillow at the residence. Detectives say the handgun was reported stolen as a result of a residential burglary that occurred in Seminole, on December 9, 2016.
Detectives interviewed McMann at the Sheriff’s Administration Building and ultimately make an arrest.
Detectives arrested McMann who was already on probation for a Possession of a Controlled Substance criminal charge. McMann was transported to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center without incident.
McMann was charged with one count of Delinquent in Possession of a Firearm, one count of Delinquent in Possession of Ammunition, one count of Culpable Negligence, one count of Resisting Officer without Violence (Obstruction), and one count of felony Violation of Probation.
Paramedics from City of Seminole Fire Rescue and Sunstar responded to the scene and transported the victim to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious but apparent non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation continues.