A runaway teenager fatally shoots herself as a police officer tries to take her home

A 14-year-old runaway girl fatally shot herself in front of a police officer trying to walk her home from a party.

A Cloud County sheriff's deputy responded to the outdoor party in a field after the agency said it received a call from the teen's family.

They were told she had run away from home and was believed to be attending the party attended by college and high school students near rural Aurora, Kansas.

Officials say the officer found the girl and tried to convince her to return to her family.

As he walked her to his patrol car, the teenager pulled out a gun and shot himself.

The deputy and an off-duty firefighter attempted to administer life-saving measures to the victim, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were several witnesses to the incident who were interviewed as part of an investigation into the death.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigations says the sheriff's office hired it to conduct the investigation because of its deputy's presence.

The investigations are still ongoing.

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