Charges laid in death of Rocky teenager

A 41-year-old Rocky Mountain House man has been charged in connection with the death of teenage boy from that community in September.

A 41-year-old Rocky Mountain House man has been charged in connection with the death of teenage boy from that community in September.

Tanner Mayer, a Grade 11 student at West Central High School in Rocky, died on Sept. 7 after being hit with a projectile from a discharging device.

According to RCMP Investigators, two teenagers were in a car outside a home when one of them picked up what appeared to be an ordinary pen. The discharger went off while being handled and Mayer was struck in the chest at close range.

Fifteen-year-old Mayer was treated by ambulance and hospital workers, but succumbed to his injuries.

On Friday, police laid three charges against James Alexander Rose, of Rocky, who is the father of the surviving youth.

Rose is charged with criminal negligence causing death, manufacturing a prohibited device, and careless use of a prohibited device.

Rose has been released from custody, but must appear in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on Wednesday, Dec. 2.