Ind. police say boy, 3, fatally shot father

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

State police say a 3-year-old boy fatally shot his father after the child apparently found his father's loaded handgun in a southern Indiana home.

Sgt. Jerry Goodin says the 33-year-old Martinsville man fatally shot Friday night had brought his gun with him to a Salem home he was remodeling about 25 miles northwest of Louisville, Ky.

The man, his wife, their three children and a juvenile relative were at the home when the 3-year-old boy apparently found the loaded gun and it accidentally discharged, fatally wounding the man. No one else was injured.

Goodin says the case remains under investigation but Washington County's prosecutors will determine if charges are called for. He calls the case a "tragic accident and a tragic mistake" of leaving a gun within a child's reach.

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