Cops: Teen Killed Playing 'Dodging Arrows'

'Goofing around' turned deadly, West Virginia cops say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 22, 2016 7:02 AM CDT
Cops: Teen Killed Playing 'Dodging Arrows'

(Newser) – A 15-year-old West Virginia boy was killed when he was struck in the head while playing a game of "dodging arrows," authorities said Monday. West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous says Caleb Fairchild was playing the bow-and-arrow game Saturday evening in Chapmanville when he was hit by an arrow. No parents were around when Caleb and two other minors were playing in the front yard of a home, says State Police Sgt. CR Sutphin. "I've been a policeman for almost 25 years. This is the first time I've ever heard of it," Sutphin tells the AP. "They were just goofing around, thought it was a good idea. It's just a bad decision, if you ask me."

Baylous says Caleb was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. "I've heard of kids doing similar stunts through the years," he says. "This is the first one I'm aware of in West Virginia. It's just kids making poor choices." Sutphin says the Boone County prosecutor's office is being consulted in the investigation. "Once we get everything together, we're going to present it to them for a possible negligent homicide charge," he says. (This Ohio teen was killed in a freak basketball accident.)

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