LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. - The medical examiner has released the cause and manner of death of the 10-year-old boy who died after being shot with a crossbow earlier this month.
Just before 6 p.m. on Oct. 21st, deputies were called to a Lincoln County home in reference to two young boys being shot with a crossbow.
When officials arrived, they found a 10-year-old boy, identified as Austin Almanza, dead at the scene.
An 8-year-old boy, identified as Ayden Almanza, was injured by the crossbow. Officials say the crossbow was still in the 8-year-old’s arm when they arrived on scene.
Authorities learned that both victims were shot with a crossbow, using a broad head arrow.
Officials said a 13-year-old boy, not related to the victims, fired the crossbow, first striking the 10-year-old.
The arrow then traveled through the 10-year-old’s body, and hit the 8-year-old’s arm.
The 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital to be treated for his non-life-threatening injury.
The 13-year-old boy is in custody. He is being held at a juvenile detention center out of the county, officials said.
At this time, authorities are not identifying the 13-year-old suspect.
Officials said they are investigating the 10-year-old’s death as a homicide.
The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the child's cause of death Monday.
According to the Shawnee News-Star, the medical examiner determined Austin died from a "crossbow bolt wound to the abdomen, perforating," with manner of death ruled as a homicide.
At this time, no other information on the case is available.