ORANGE PARK, Fla. - A police shooting in Orange Park over the weekend leaves a 15-year-old boy on life support and both police and his family trying to figure out who pulled the trigger.
"That boy was my life," Patricia Laughter tells our partner Action News. "I gave up my life many years ago for my grandkids and my daughter."
Laughter says her grandson, 15-year-old Hadrian Rabadan, called her at work Saturday night and said he was going to harm himself. She says he had been taking antidepressants but that she had been trying to get him off them.
She called police, who arrived at the family's home on Arora Boulevard and Hercules Drive near Wells Road and Blanding and began searching neighborhoods. They finally spotted him heading for a wooded area off Neptune Drive.
During the search a K-9 deputy found Rabadan and then heard gunfire.
"He had his canine with him. He stopped, took cover. There was gunfire exchanged at that point. We're still trying to determine how much gunfire was exchanged," says Col. Craig Aldrich with the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Aldrich says the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is trying to determine whether it was a deputy's bullet that hit Rabadan or if he shot himself. They're also looking into who owned the gun Rabadan had and how he could have gotten it.
The family says Rabadan is on life support this morning and they are preserving his organs for donation. Investigators believe Rabadan may have been upset after a fight with his ex-girlfriend, who has an injunction against him.
Rabadan does have a criminal history from two charges in 2011 for grand theft of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for taking a pistol from his mother's lockbox to school with him.
He told police he did it because there were two kids at school harassing him because he had sold marijuana to people they didn't like, and they would even drive by his house and harass him as he walked home from school.
The case has been passed over to FDLE, they are not commenting because the investigation is active.