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Teen shot during police standoff in Orange Park

7:51 PM, Jun 8, 2013   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A 15-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound after a shootout with police in a wooded area on Saturday. 

The grandmother of the boy received a call from the him around 5:45. He stated he was considering harming himself, according to Clay County Sheriff's Officer Craig Aldrich.

Officers responded to the house where the suspect lived with his grandmother, believing he was inside the house.

According to CCSO, the house was surrounded when police received a call about someone fitting the suspect's description who was running through a nearby wooded area. 

A short time later, Officer Jason Graff and a K9 unit confronted the kneeling 15-year-old suspect in the wooded area, according to CCSO.

One shot was fired by the suspect and Graff returned fire.

The two were approximately 30-yards apart. 

The suspect sustained one gunshot wound. 

It is unclear if he shot himself or if police shot him. 

According to CCSO, it is unclear how many shots were fired. 

The suspect was transported to Orange Park Medical and then to UF Health Jacksonville with life threatening injuries. 

According to Aldrich, the 15-year-old has an extensive violent and criminal record. 

Police believe the suspect wanted to harm himself due to an ongoing dispute with his girlfriend. The suspect's girlfriend has an injunction filed against him, according to Aldrich. 

The incident occurred in the woods near S. Bryan Jennings Elementary in the Belair West neighborhood. 

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