Woman playing with gun fatally shoots teen in Butler County, police say

Woman playing with gun fatally shoots 16-year-old in Butler County, police say

HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - A 21-year-old woman is under arrest on a reckless homicide charge in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old male in Butler County early Thursday, police say.

Aerial Katelynn Brazzell, 21, was playing with a firearm in the 200 block of Cereal Avenue in Hamilton around 1:30 a.m. when she pointed it at the victim and it went off, according to police.

The bullet hit 16-year-old Bennie Shaun Boggs Jr. in the head, police say. He was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Kristy Collins with the Hamilton Police Department says accidental shootings are something people read about every day in the news.

“You know, you hear about it in the news every year, not necessarily in Hamilton, but you do hear it in the news,” Officer Collins says. “Young adults, children getting a hold of a handgun, their friends having handguns and accidental shootings.”

Brazzell is still charged with reckless homicide even though police say it was an accident.

“You just can’t stress it enough where we tell young kids, we tell our own children, how serious guns are and not to play with guns,” Officer Collins says. “It happens often. We just have to keep educating our young adults, and a guns a gun.”

Police say they are still investigating.

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