Coroner: Teen accidentally shot self in chest with air rifle, died

LOCK HAVEN – Tristin J. “Ty” Yonkin, 15, of Lock Haven, died from a single gunshot wound from an air rifle, Clinton County Deputy Coroner Zach Hanna reported Wednesday.

The death was ruled accidental, Hanna said.

“The victim was handling the air rifle (Tuesday afternoon) when the rifle went off, hitting the victim in the chest,” state police Trooper Kimberly Patterson said in a news release.

The investigation continues, but Patterson said there “is nothing suspicious about this investigation.”

The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in Porter Township near Lamar where the Central Mountain High School sophomore was visiting a friend.

He was taken to Lock Haven Hospital and pronounced dead in the emergency room just before 3 p.m.

Ty was a son of Dennis J. Yonkin and Tammy Sanders Taylor.

Remembered by friends as a fun-loving, spirited young man, he enjoyed playing soccer and also was a member of the school’s track team.

A visitation for family and friends is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Central Mountain High School, with private funeral services at a later date.