SC toddler shooting ruled accident

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ANDERSON, S.C. — The Anderson County coroner’s office has ruled the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy earlier this week an accident.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reported that Deputy Coroner Don McCown completed an autopsy Thursday and ruled the death of Josiah Tate an accident.

McCown says Tate picked up an Anderson County sheriff’s deputy .38-caliber handgun on a table and shot himself in the head Tuesday.

The boy and his mother were living with the deputy, whose name has not been released. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting because it involved an officer’s weapon.

McCown says the deputy had come home, took off his gun and left to run errands. While he was out, the boy and his mother returned and the child picked up the gun and fired.

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BamaMan 07/06/12 - 12:28 pm

Ummmmm, secure your guns? I would think the least of which, a deputy would know that!! No plans to hold him accountable for his negligence?

Fiat_Lux 07/06/12 - 12:38 pm
Are charges likely?

I know he's probably grieving miserably, but, accidental or not, he is responsible for what happened to this little kid by his irresponsible actions.

OhWell 07/06/12 - 08:28 pm
There never is an accidental

There never is an accidental shooting of a 2 year old. There is an adult who should be responsible for securing every weapon anywhere their child is, this is a tragedy and I am sure not intentional but someone should be held accountable. Adults are here to protect children whether it be from firearms, swimming pools or busy streets.

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