A 17-year-old boy who shot a friend in the head with an allegedly stolen gun remained Monday at the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Pierce as Port St. Lucie police applied for a warrant for his arrest on a manslaughter charge.
The state attorney's office will review the application and either approve or deny the warrant.
Dustin Williams was showing off the handgun Friday and pulled the trigger, not knowing there was a cartridge in the chamber, police said.
Robert Scott Thomas, 16, was hit in the forehead and died Saturday at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
Police said the loaded gun was stolen from a patrol car parked at the home of Martin County sheriff's deputy George Primm in the teenagers' Fallon Drive neighborhood.
An administrative investigation of whether Primm's gun storage violated any policies will wait until Port St. Lucie police finish their criminal probe, Martin sheriff's officials said Monday.
Sheriff's officials said they don't know whether the patrol car was locked when the gun was taken.
"They'll send us all their paperwork," said Lt. Dennis Fritchie, who heads the professional standards division in charge of an internal investigation. "We just wait until we get theirs. Ours is secondary."
Primm, 52, is on vacation but will return to his regular duties in the traffic division when he returns, officials said.
He's been with the department for more than 26 years, spending much of that time on enforcement against drunken driving. Primm has won many awards from local and state Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapters.
His personnel file shows some disciplinary action but nothing recent.
He's been involved in several crashes, but most have been the fault of other drivers. Early in his career, he was seriously hurt and two men died when he allowed a DUI suspect to sit in the front seat on the way to jail and the handcuffed man grabbed the steering wheel, causing the patrol car to hit another car head-on.