Onslow County, NC - The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says the three year old son of a police officer, who found his father's gun Monday morning in their Onslow County home, has died.
It happened shortly after 10:00 a.m. at a home on Rutherford Way, that's in the Kanton Hills subdivision off Dawson Cabin Road.
Sheriff Ed Brown says the child shot himself in the forehead. The sheriff says the child's father is a civilian police officer at Camp Lejeune.
The child was dead on arrival at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
The home belongs to Robert & Kimberly Lewis, but the sheriff is not yet releasing the name of the victim.
The sheriff says the child's mother was in bed and that the boy came in and told her he was going to go play with his toys.
The gun was on an end table or coffee table in another room. "I want to tell all parents that if you have a weapon or a knife in your house, that a child could hurt themselves with or someone else, or you...that you need to be conscious because children are very curious and exploratory," Brown told WITN News.
The sheriff says the gun was not military issue, but a personal handgun owned by the father. He said the family was in the process of moving out of the home.
"You always think about the tragedy in cases like this and the injury the child has sustained, but you have to realize that people get careless," said the sheriff.
Brown said they are now interviewing the father and mother. There is no word yet whether any charges will be filed.
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