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Sacramento teen killed by apparent accidental gunshot

The sheriff’s communication center sent the deputies to the scene after receiving a call at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday that someone was shot in the head.
The sheriff’s communication center sent the deputies to the scene after receiving a call at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday that someone was shot in the head. Sacramento Bee file photo

A Sacramento teen who died from a head wound Tuesday night was handling a weapon when it fired, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

County coroner’s officials listed the teen as Tayon Shelby, 17, of Sacramento. Shelby was pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the 7800 block of Sunrise Greens Drive near Gerber and Power Inn roads after receiving a call at 6:15 p.m. that someone was shot in the head. Deputies found Shelby inside a vehicle parked on Sunrise Greens Drive.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Homicide investigators believe Shelby shot himself accidentally. Deputies received erroneous information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, which initially led them to believe that someone had shot Shelby.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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