UPDATE: 11-year-old arrested in teen's death

Published: Dec. 27, 2018 at 6:51 PM EST
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On December, 27th, Columbia County deputies got an arrest warrant for the 11-year-old that shot and killed 14-year-old Jadon Vaughn.

According to Columbia County deputies, Carter Palm, 11, was arrested in Gilchrist County on the charge of manslaughter and is currently in juvenile detention in Gainesville.

The investigation revealed that Jadon Vaughn was visiting the home of Cater Palm and his brother. The adults of the home went out for the evening and left the children at the house unsupervised.

At around 7:00 pm, Jadon and Carter began to play wrestling to see if the family dog would respond to Jadon attacking Carter. After this, Carter went and got a gun from his parent’s room, removed the magazine and pointed it at Jadon. The gun discharged killing Jadon.

Carter then called his father and told him that Jadon came at him with a knife. Carter and his 13-year-old brother admitted placing a kitchen knife near Jadon after the shooting believing they would be in less trouble.

The sheriff's office says the investigation is on-going and that more charges could come.

“If you have children that are not familiar with guns, or have not been properly trained, the law is very specific, you have to secure those firearms, you can not leave them accessible to a child,” stated Murray Smith, Columbia County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids has a firearm safety checklist for parents. Below are a few tips:

Make sure firearms are stored unloaded and in a locked place.

Firearms should be locked up in a place that children cannot reach.

Bullets should be locked in a place separate from where guns are secured.

Parents should consider purchasing a trigger lock.

Explain to children that guns are dangerous and should not be touched without permission.


Wednesday evening Jadon Vaughn was shot and killed while visiting a friend's house in Columbia County.

The 14-year-old was visiting the home where two younger boys lived when one of them shot and killed him.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is calling this a homicide investigation. Deputies aren't saying whether the eleven-year-old or the nine-year-old boy pulled the trigger.

“Florida has laws where you have to keep your firearms secured from juveniles and you know all of this will come out in the investigation, and how one of the children got the firearm is what the investigation will determine," said Sergeant Murray Smith, Columbia County's Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

A neighbor was in disbelief and said that the family just moved in a few months ago.

“It's sad to hear that it’s a 14-year-old, and I’m praying for the family, the grandparents, the mom, and dad, wish then them the best, it's just a shock," said Jone Cox.

No one is in custody at the moment and the sheriff's office continues their investigation to get answers for the families.

Wesley Harrington, Vaughn's uncle has set up a GoFundMe for help with the funeral services. He said Vaughn was a great kid and that he had a very close relationship with his mother since the passing of his father. Also, that Vaughn was a very loving and helpful kid.

According to deputies, the investigation continues.