A west Phoenix woman was fatally injured while hugging her boyfriend when the gun in his pants accidentally discharged.

Local police say the 24-year-old was embracing her 18-year-old boyfriend when she complained that the gun tucked in his waistband was making her uncomfortable.

As the teen reached for the gun in order to pull it out, the weapon suddenly went off, and a bullet struck the woman.

The unidentified victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Though the death "appears to be accidental," according to Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson, the case will still be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for further investigation.

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