LaSALLE, Colo. (CBS4) – Deputies in Weld County have arrested a teen who claims he accidentally shot his friend in the town of LaSalle early Saturday morning.

According to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call about a shooting in the 18000 block of WCR 43 at approximately 1:30 a.m.

“The reporting party informed dispatchers that he accidentally shot his friend while manipulating a weapon inside the residence,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The suspect is 17 years old and the victim, who was declared dead at the scene, was 23 years old.

No names have been released at this time.

The suspect, who is currently in custody, is being charged with criminally negligent homicide.

“There is no threat to the safety of the public,” the sheriff’s office said.

Additional Information From The Weld County Sheriff’s Office

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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