BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Bardstown say a juvenile was arrested and charged with murder after a 17-year-old was found shot and killed.

According to a news release, Bardstown Police officers responded to a  reported shooting on Bard Avenue on Saturday around 11:40 p.m.

Officials say officers found the victim shot to death. He was later identified by the coroner's office as 17-year-old Christopher Metzger.

"Chris is not the type of person to laugh if he has a gun pointed at him whether they're kidding or not," Metzger's friend Brad Greenwell said. "That's not something that would have been funny to him."

The suspect charged with murder is a 15-year-old. His family members claim the shooting was an accident and that the gun was being passed to Metzger when it went off. 

Authorities have not publicly released the name of the juvenile arrested in the case.

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