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A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed while playing with a gun in Charles County, Maryland, home, according to the sheriff’s office.

On Friday at 11:15 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Riverwatch Drive in Indian Head for the report of a shooting, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, officers say they found the 12-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.

Officers and family members performed CPR on the boy but he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to a press release.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office said that a preliminary investigation showed that the boy and a 13-year-old relative were in a downstairs bedroom playing with a handgun when the gun discharged, striking the boy.

At this time, it is not exactly clear how the shooting occurred, the release said.

The office is currently investigating how the children obtained the gun.

“This is such a tragic situation and a very sad reminder that it is critically important for gun owners to ensure their firearms are always secured and out of reach of children,” said Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” said Sheriff Troy Berry.

Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review, according to the sheriff.

Anyone with information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips.

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San Jose: Man rams through security gate at main jail and dries into parking garage

SAN JOSE — A man rammed through the security gate at the Main Jail early Sunday morning and drove into a lower-level parking structure but was quickly arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At about 4:16 a.m. Sunday deputies responded to the Main Jail in San Jose for a report of a tan-colored SUV that rammed through the east security gate and drove into the lower-level parking structure.

Officers from the Santa Clara Police Department and Campbell Police Department who were at the jail booking they rown arrestees into custody, quickly detained the suspect and later identified him as 51-year-old Modesto Esquivel, the Sheriff’s office said.

Officials said the collision caused significant damage to the security gate though no one was injured. Esquivel was booked into the Main Jail for damaging jail property.

The incident over the weekend comes just days after Santa Clara County deputies and numerous other law enforcement responded to the Main Jail after an armed suspect fired shots at an officer there early Wednesday morning.

The nearly lethal confrontation unfolded when a man arrested by San Jose police slipped his handcuffs off and squeezed through a Plexiglas barrier before grabbing an officer’s gun and shooting him.

The shooting touched off an hours-long standoff that ended with the man’s arrest, who police identified as 40-year-old Joseph Castro.

No one was injured in the encounter and Castro was formally charged Friday with attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations division main line at 408-808-4500. You can also use the anonymous tip line at 408-807-4431.

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