Boy fatally shoots his friend with an arrow while playing

Spencer Swanson 
By: Eva Fett 

A boy was riding his bike when he was suddenly shot and killed with an arrow by his friend, according to police.

The death of a 16-year-old Minnesota boy, who was shot in the head with an arrow by his best friend while riding a bicycle, was a tragic accident, a lawyer said.

Spencer Swanson, of Chaska, was pronounced dead on Monday, at Hennepin County Medical Center. Swanson was riding his bike on Saturday, when his unidentified friend shot a blunt aluminum arrow shaft at him, hitting the boy in the head.

"It is a real tragedy," attorney Marsh Halberg said. "Both families are going through a grieving process with this tragedy," he said.

Halberg, who was hired by the family of the boy who shot the arrow, said it is unclear whether his client will be charged in the incident.

"Nothing has been decided yet," he said. "We hope that based on the dynamics of the case that no charges will be filed," he added.

The arrow bounced off the road and struck Swanson in the head, Halberg said, adding that the boys were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. "No drugs, no alcohol, nothing like that at all," he said.

The boys were very close friends. They lived within a block of each other, he said.