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US officer's son dies after gunshot

The death of the 13-year-old son of a US Air Force officer from gunshot wounds was a "tragic accident", a US Air Force spokesman has said.

Th boy was shot in the head at a house in Souldern, near Bicester, Oxfordshire, on Sunday morning.

He died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Monday with his family by his side. His father is a lieutenant colonel understood to be based at the US Air Force base in nearby RAF Croughton.

Thames Valley Police are investigating how the teenager died and said: "The exact circumstances are yet unclear." They are not treating his death as suspicious.

The US Air Force spokesman said: "The 13-year-old son of an active duty US Air Force lieutenant colonel assigned to an academic exchange programme at Oxford University has passed away after a tragic accident.

"All possible support and comfort is being provided to the family. During these difficult times we respect the family's request for privacy."

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We got a call at 10.06am to Souldern following reports that a 13-year-old male had suffered head injuries with a shotgun."

A police spokeswoman said: "Thames Valley Police is continuing in its inquiries to help the family establish what has happened.

"It is believed there is no third-party involvement and so no-one is being sought in relation to the incident."

The teenager's death has been referred to the coroner for Oxfordshire.

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