No charges filed against teen in arrow death

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HASTINGS, Minn. -Prosecutors will not file delinquincy charges against the teenager who shot an arrow that claimed the life of his friend.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced the decision Thursday involving the bow and arrow accident on October 13, 2012 that claimed the life of 16-year-old Spencer Swanson.

The shooting took place in the city of Chaska but was handled by the Dakota County Attorney on a conflict basis from the Carver County Attorney.

Chaska police reports say squads were called to a home that fateful day and found Swanson shot through the forehead with an arrow. His 16-year-old friend told them he had recently received a compound bow but had little experience in shooting it, having only been to a range once.

The teen told investigators he wanted to show Swanson the bow, put a blunt tipped arrow in it and pointed the bow at a tree. He said when Swanson started riding a bike down a grassy hill towards him he attempted to take the arrow off the bow, lost his grip and shot Swanson through the forehead.

Swanson was rushed by ambulance to a local medical center and then to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died on October 15, 2012.

Backstrom says no drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident. He also maintains there is no evidence that the teenager had intended to point or shoot the arrow in the direction of his friend.

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