The Payette County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Tuesday evening shooting death of a 17-year-old boy at a home near New Plymouth, but deputies are still trying to determine if the death was accidental or a homicide.
“It's definitely not a suicide," Lt. Andy Creech told the Statesman Wednesday. "It was a different person handling the gun when it went off."
The teen who died was a Payette resident who was visiting the home in the 5000 block of Highway 52 when the shooting was reported about 8:15 p.m., Creech said.
Two other people — one teen and one adult — were present, and one of them called police immediately after the shooting, he said. The boy was dead when deputies arrived, he said.
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Idaho State Police are assisting with the investigation, Creech said. An autopsy will be conducted, he said.
Detectives seized a number of weapons from the home, the lieutenant said, but he declined to provide details.