Teen accidentally shoots himself with stolen handgun in Federal Way

The Federal Way Police Department is located at 33325 8th Ave. S. Call (253) 835-6700. - Courtesy photo
The Federal Way Police Department is located at 33325 8th Ave. S. Call (253) 835-6700.
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A 19-year-old who allegedly purchased a stolen handgun accidentally shot himself in the abdomen following the transaction in Federal Way on Tuesday night.

Federal Way Police officers responded to the call at approximately 10:01 p.m. at 30823 18th Ave. South. Dispatch advised police that the “victim” showed up at his friend’s apartment with an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Upon arrival, the victim stated that he was at an unknown ARCO station and was shot by a black male and a Samoan male. Medics transported the male to Harborview.

Further investigation revealed that the 19-year-old met with a Samoan male to purchase a handgun. Following the completed transaction, the victim accidentally shot himself in the abdomen. His injury is considered non-life-threatening.

Police recovered the gun and found that it was listed as stolen out of Tacoma.

The 19-year-old victim will be charged with being in possession of a stolen handgun. Anyone under the age of 21 cannot legally purchase a handgun.

The investigation continues into the identification of the seller of the firearm.


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