Teen Fatally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfie

Teen Fatally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfie

( 4UMF NEWS ) Teen Fatally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfie:

A Missouri teen accidentally and fatally shot himself while trying to take a selfie with a loaded gun, police said.

DaMontez Jones, 15, died in an Overland home Friday from a gunshot wound after apparently attempting an ill-fated photo op, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“We're pretty solid in that theory but will go the extra mile to see if there are pictures (on his phone),” Overland Police Lt. Steve Branham told the paper.

Jones, who just finished his freshman year of high school, was apparently shooting selfies in his mother’s home around 7:30 p.m. His older brothers and half-sibling were at the home, but there were no adults, KMOV reported.

The teen suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died in a hospital. No one in the house witnessed the shooting, but his siblings found Jones with a cellphone near him, police said.

Jones’ father, who is separated from his mother, said the gun belonged to the mother’s fiance. Police said Jones found the gun on the top shelf of a bedroom closet, in an unlocked box with the safety off.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Police said Jones often posted bathroom selfies on his social media pages, but none featured a gun.