March 12, 2019 11:18 am
Updated: March 12, 2019 11:19 am

Whitby teen charged after shooting himself by accident, reporting someone shot him: police

File photo of a Durham Regional Police cruiser.

File / Durham Regional Police Service

Durham Regional Police say they have charged a 17-year-old Whitby man after he originally reported being shot by an unknown person but it was later determined he shot himself by accident.

Police said officers were called around 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 10 to a plaza near Salem Road and Kingston Road East in Ajax for a man who had been shot.

He was taken to a trauma centre with non-life threatening injuries.

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At the time, police said a witness reported four suspects – three teenage men and one female – driving away in a van or a large SUV.

However, after further investigation, officers said they determined the victim shot himself by accident.

The man from Whitby was charged with multiple firearm-related offences, as well as public mischief and possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace.

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He has since been released.

Police said they are no longer looking for any suspects in relation to the incident.

Anyone with information are asked to contact Det. Fisher of the West Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2521 or anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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