Teenager Dead After Friend Plays Around With Gun They Stole in a Home Burglary

A 17-year-old was shot and killed Tuesday after he and his friends burglarized a neighbor's home in Tolleson, according to Phoenix police.

The fatal shot was delivered from the homeowner's gun, but it wasn't the homeowner who shot the boy. Police say a 15-year-old girl who helped burglarize the neighbor's house shot the boy with the gun they had just stolen from the man's home.

According to Phoenix PD, three teens -- whose named haven't been released -- broke into a home near 83rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye yesterday.

The teenagers, age 15, 16, and 17, stole weapons and other items from the house.

Back at one of their own homes, the 15-year-old girl involved in the burglary started to play around with the gun.

"The 15-year-old suspect is alleged to have pulled out one of the handguns that were stolen and began to manipulate it," police Sergeant Trent Crump says in an e-mail. "Thinking she had cleared the weapon, she pointed it at her friend and pulled the trigger. He did not survive his injuries."

The dead boy has been identified as Raymond Berryman, a Tolleson High School student.

The 16-year-old boy has been charged with burglary, but the 15-year-old girl was being "detained" yesterday on homicide and burglary charges, according to Phoenix police.

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Matthew Hendley
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