Teen who shot friend with bow and arrow won't be charged


Prosecutors won't charge a teenage boy who killed his 16-year-old friend last fall in a bow-and-arrow accident.

After a long investigation, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said there was no evidence that indicates the 16-year-old intended to shoot the arrow at Spencer Swanson or to injure him, the Associated Press reported. (Dakota County handled the case because of a conflict of interest in Carver County.)

The teen had a new compound bow and wanted to show it to his friend, who was riding his bicycle near his home in Chaska last October. The teen lost his grip on the bow string, the arrow flew nearly 100 feet and hit Swanson in the forehead.

The teen rushed to his friend's aid, but Swanson died at a hospital two days later.

Swanson's mother told the Star Tribune she was frustrated.

“I don’t understand what’s the lesson, and how is there a lesson in any of this?" Teri Swanson said. "I mean, you killed my kid. And you have to live with it, but you’re walking away, and there’s no recourse.”

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