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15-Year-Old Accidentally Shot In Head With Arrow, Dies

| by Karin Sun
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A 15-year-old West Virginia boy was killed while playing a dangerous game involving a bow and arrows.

Caleb Fairchild was playing the game with two friends, both also 15, at a Chapmanville, West Virginia, home around 8 p.m. on March 19 when he was accidentally struck in the head by an arrow and killed, WSAZ reported.

The game involved one person shooting arrows from a compound bow while the other two tried to dodge the arrows. The three teens took turns shooting.

"They were shooting at each other's feet and so forth, and ultimately one of them wound up being shot in the head with it," Sgt. Charles Sutphin of the West Virginia State Police told West Virginia Metro News.

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There were reportedly no adults present at the time.

According to police, after being hit by the arrow, Fairchild was rushed to Logan Regional Medical Center and then later to Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital in Charleston, where he was pronounced dead, WSAZ noted.

Although no criminal charges have yet been filed against the other teens involved in the incident, police said they may later be charged as juveniles of negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter.

"We’ve been in consultation with the Boone County prosecutor's office and the investigation is in its infant stages," Sutphin told West Virginia Metro News. "If there’s charges, we’ll file them at a later time, but there’s none at this time."

Police said it will ultimately be up to Fairchild's parents to press charges, according to WSAZ.

Officials at Chapmanville Middle School, where Fairchild was a student, said that eight counselors and a pastor met with grieving students throughout the day on March 21.

A memorial vigil is set to take place at the school from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 22.

Sources: WSAZ, West Virginia Metro News / Photo Credit: Caleb Fairchild/Facebook via WSAZ, WREG

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