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A Union boy died Saturday after being shot Friday while he and a friend were reportedly playing with guns.

Investigators say Chad Sullivan and another youth, both 17, were competing in a game of "quick-draw" with two handguns Friday in a home at 8521 S. Fayeway Drive (1170 East) when one of the weapons, a .357 magnum, discharged - striking Sullivan in the head.He was flown to LDS Hospital where he died about 2:30 a.m., according to a nursing supervisor.

The other boy, who was not identified, was arrested for investigation of negligent homicide and booked into youth detention, according to Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin Taylor.

Deputies later recovered several stolen weapons inside the home - including the handgun believed to have killed Sullivan, said Taylor.

Friday's incident marks the fourth accidental shooting death in Utah this year:

- Twelve-year-old Leif Erickson died outside the Iron County town of Modena on June 24 after reportedly being shot in the head by a 12-year-old friend "messing around with a gun." The friend told police he pulled the trigger just as Erickson walked in front of the weapon.

- On April 10, Gerald Patterson, 17, Spanish Fork, died after being shot by a rifle that was not believed to be loaded. The weapon reportedly discharged while a friend of Patterson was setting it down. The incident is still being investigated.

- Police say Braden E. Murray, 7, Lapoint, Uintah County, was shot to death by his 12-year-old brother who apparently mistook a .357 revolver for an old disabled gun the boys were reportedly allowed to play with.