Police identify 16-year-old who died after being ‘accidentally’ shot at home in Kearns

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UPDATE (11/24/2020) Police have identified the teen killed after being accidentally shot at a home in Kearns over the weekend.

Police say Roman Karpunin, 16, was shot in the back as his friend was impersonating an officer with a gun he did not realize was loaded.

It was originally reported Karpunin was 15 but police have corrected his age to 16.


KEARNS (ABC4 News) – Police are investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old male early Saturday morning in Kearns.

According to Det. Kevin Mallory, officers with Unified Police responded to a home on Alex St. in Kearns around 1:11 a.m. after neighbors called to report some sort of commotion.

Upon arrival, police discovered a teen had been shot and EMS had tried to save him but he died before they could get there.

Mallory said it was just a small gathering of teenagers inside the home when the shooting happened.

The incident is still under investigation and Mallory said they arrested 18-year-old Kaden Christiansen. He has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on one count of manslaughter a 2nd-degree felony.

Mallory said the shooting is not gang related.

*Developing* – An update will be providedonce additional information is released.

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