SHELBINA, MO – A teen from Shelbina is dead after being shot in the torso early Wednesday.

Law enforcement has, so far, declined to file charges in the shooting death of Zachary Stokes, 17. According to police, the trigger was reportedly pulled by a 23-year-old male at a residence on West Beech Street.

An investigation, while still ongoing, indicates the discharge of the firearm may have been accidental. Police Chief Jerry Fenton said it is possible charges could be filed in the future.