LCSO seeks RPO against teen who built ghost gun used in death of 17-year-old girl

Reporter: Gail Levy, Rich Kolko Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Andrew Byrd
Andrew Byrd, 18. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A risk protection order has been filed against an 18-year-old who was arrested in January for having a gun.

The teen, Andrew Byrd, has admitted to building a different gun known as a ghost gun. That ghost gun was used by a 17-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in the face.

The Byrd family is no stranger to law enforcement. “This family has a propensity to violence,” said WINK News Safety and Security Specialist Rich Kolko.

One of the teenagers arrested for the Harns Marsh Middle School shooting threat last year was 14-year-old, Phillip Byrd.

He is currently the subject of an active risk protection order, to which his mother, Carrie Tuller, is the respondent.

Tuller is a convicted felon, so she and her son Phillip cannot own a gun.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office now wants a risk protection order for 18-year-old Andrew Byrd.

Kolko said the sheriff’s office has a good reason for wanting the RPO. “Detectives priority here, make sure everybody’s safe in that home.”

Home where a 17-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the face with a ghost gun that was built by Andrew Byrd. (Credit: WINK News)

Detectives say on July 18th, in the Byrd home, a 17-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the face with a ghost gun that Andrew Byrd built.

“One of the problems with ghost guns is people are able to obtain these parts over the internet,” said Kolko.

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