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Son of US Air Force officer shot dead in accident

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) – The teenage son of a U.S. Air Force officer based in Britain has been shot dead in what the military described Tuesday as a tragic accident.

An Air Force statement did not identify the father but said that he was a lieutenant colonel assigned to an academic exchange program at Oxford University. A spokesman for the force declined to release any details of the incident, but British authorities said the 13-year-old had been shot in the head on Sunday morning.

The incident happened in the village of Souldern, about a 20-minute drive from Oxford, the South Central Ambulance Service’s communications manager James Keating-Wilkes said. The youngster was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital but later died of his injuries.

In a statement the local Thames Valley Police said that “while the exact circumstances are as yet unclear this incident is not being treated as suspicious.”

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