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PD: Teen dies after being shot in west Phoenix; suspect in custody

Police said the teen was transported to the hospital in critical condition and did not survive his injuries.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department said a suspect is in custody after a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in west Phoenix Friday.

When police arrived on scene near 47th Avenue and Thomas Road, they found the teen, later identified as Germain Carrasco, in the back seat of a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police said Carrasco was transported to the hospital in critical condition and did not survive his injuries.  

The suspect remained on scene and was detained, police said.

Investigators learned the suspect was handling a gun and attempting to unload it when he accidentally shot the victim. The suspect is being booked for manslaughter, police said. 

"His name will not be released since he is a juvenile," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Williams.

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