ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are trying to figure out if a teenager that exchanged gunfire with a deputy Saturday shot himself or was hit by police gunfire.
Around 5:45 p.m., deputies were called to a home on Arora Blvd. and Hercules Dr. in reference to a teenager who was threatening to hurt himself.
Clay County Sheriff's Office identified him as 15-year-old Hadrian Miguel Rabadan.
Deputies said they followed Rabadan into the woods and saw him in a kneeling position. That's where deputies said shots were fired and Rabadan went down.
Deputies said they're not sure if Rabadan shot himself or was hit by police gunfire. Robodan was taken to Orange Park Medical Center and then to UF Health in life-threatening condition. His condition was updated to critical on Sunday.
Patricia Laughter said she wants everyone to see her grandson for who he really was.
"The mother did get to see the boy and he did pass in her arms," said Laughter. "At least she brought him into the world and she got to hold him going out."
Laughter said Rabadan had a criminal past that was long behind him.
"He did more than a 360 degree turn. He finished the 9th grade at home," said Laughter. "He will pass this year, just like he passed last night from Clay County shooting him in the head."
Col. Craig Aldrich with CCSO said this may be the latest in a series of disputes involving Rabadan and his girlfriend.
"Apparently his girlfriend has an injunction against him. He also has a very extensive, violent criminal record," Aldrich said.
Authorities are now trying to determine if Rabadan's wound was self-inflicted or if he was shot by the deputy. Laughter believes the later.
"That dog was plenty trained to take a child that was on his knees, that had a right broken hand, with them on the phone with him in his left hand, which gun was in what hand?" asked Laughter.
Whatever the case, Laughter believes her grandson was shot for no good reason.
"We have hired a lawyer," said Laughter. "We will sue Clay County, and we are going to get justice for him."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.
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