DEER LODGE (WATE) – A 15-year-old was killed in Deer Lodge after accidentally shooting himself with a gun.

Morgan County Sheriff Glen Freytag said Trevor Littell, 15, was killed Tuesday night.

“We hate that this happens to anybody, but it just seems like it makes it a little more traumatic when it’s a younger person,” said Sheriff Freytag.

He said Littell was at his home with family on Perkins Trail, near the Fentress county line, when he pulled a gun out of a safe. It went off and he was shot once, killing him.

“I really hate that this has happened. You know the family, it’s really hard on the family and the friends,” said Sheriff Freytag.

Freytag says there is no reason to believe the shooting was anything but an accident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Littell’s body is being set for an autopsy according to Cochran.