- Associated Press - Thursday, October 12, 2017

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Florida home Thursday morning, hours after he fired shots at police officers who had responded to a 911 call from his grandmother, according to police.

West Melbourne police announced the teen’s death in a tweet at shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officers arrived at the home just before midnight after the grandmother called 911, telling dispatchers her grandson was throwing things inside the home. Police went to the neighborhood and were interviewing residents of the house when the boy came out of a back bedroom and started firing a gun, according to a police report.

The officers retreated toward the front door with three other residents of the home as he kept firing. No one was injured and police did not return fire.

Police have not released the teen’s name, but said on Twitter that he was “known to police.”

A SWAT team surrounded the house all night and several nearby homes were evacuated. Police said on Twitter on Thursday that neighbors were being allowed back in, but roads in the neighborhood will be restricted to local traffic as investigators continue to process the scene.

Two other occupants remained in the home overnight but safely got out early Thursday.

Melbourne is on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide