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Area Teen Dies Of Accidental Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Ridge Avenue in Putnam Valley.
Ridge Avenue in Putnam Valley. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A 17-year-old boy died after an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The announcement of the incident, which occurred on Friday, Feb. 1, was made on Thursday, Feb 7 by Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr.

At approximately 7:46 p.m. Feb. 1, sheriff's deputies responded to a radio run of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head of the teen at a home on Ridge Avenue in Putnam Valley after another teen called 911 to report that his friend had accidentally shot himself.

Three friends of victim Elias Knapp were also present. Deputies Shawn Iarussi and Brian Neary along with EMS and a Medic assisted in administering aid to Knapp, who was still breathing, Langley said.

Knapp was transported by the Mahopac Falls ambulance to then be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center.

Knapp, who lived at the location with his family, later died from those injuries on Sunday, Feb. 3.

The matter is currently under investigation by investigators from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

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