Teen dies after shooting officer, self in Bay County - WNEM TV 5

Teen dies after shooting officer, self in Bay County

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The teenager who shot a police officer Thursday afternoon and then himself has died.

The Bay County Sheriff's Department confirms to TV5 that the juvenile, Vincent Derocco-Goulet, 16, died at the hospital last night.

Police say a Sebewaing officer was transporting Derocco-Goulet to the Bay County Juvenile home when the teen grabbed the officers gun and shot the officer in the hand.

Then he turned the gun on himself.

The officer, Ward Carter, has non-life-threatening injuries and will be OK.

The shooting happened at the Bay County Juvenile Home, 520 W. Hampton Road, in the city of Essexville.

A Sebewaing police officer, who Sebewaing Police Chief Bill Owens has identified as Ward Carter, was transporting the teen to the home in Essexville around 1 p.m. when Derocco-Goulet got a hold of the officer's gun, police said.

Gerald Runde, chief of the Hampton Township Police Department, said the teen appears to have slipped a cuff off of his hand before struggling with Carter for his gun.

"The individual was able to get a handcuff off sometime during the transport," said Runde.

Carter was shot in the hand and then Derocco-Goulet shot himself, police said. He has more than 20 years in law enforcement.

"He's a part-time officer for us and he's a full-time Huron County Deputy," said Owens.
Derocco-Goulet was rushed to a local hospital. He was on life support and was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head before he died.

"It's a rare occurrence anywhere that an officer is relieved of his firearm by an individual, and then shot with it. It's always a possibility anywhere, that it can happen, but you never know if it may. So they always try to stay on their guard, but everyone lets their guard down from time to time," said Runde.

Chief Owens said the teenager didn't have a history of violence and was being transported to the facility for a probation violation.

Police said they'll do a full investigation.

And what might help paint the picture is the surveillance footage from outside of the detention center.

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