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4-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots and Kills Police Officer's Wife

A four-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed the wife of a deputy sheriff in Tennessee.

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Here’s a perfect example of the dark side of America’s gun culture: a four-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed the wife of a deputy sheriff in Tennessee. The Associated Press reports that the boy grabbed a loaded gun and killed the wife at a cookout on Saturday.

Daniel Fanning, the deputy, was showing his weapons to a relative in his room. That’s when the toddler, not related to Fanning, picked the gun up and accidentally shot Josephine Fanning, who was 48.

“Split second, we're talking about seconds for that kid to walk in that room unbeknownst to them, grab that gun and it goes off,” Sheriff Robert Bryan told CBS News.

The AP reports that Josephine Fanning was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff Bryan told the news outlet  that “the shooting was a terrible accident.”

The gun used in the accident was not the deputy sheriff’s service weapon, which is usually stored in a safe.

 

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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