A 4-year-old boy shot and killed himself Saturday night after he found a handgun inside the home. NBC News reports March 4 that the young son of a sheriff deputy in Liberty Township, Mich. shot himself once after he discovered the firearm and began playing with it.
Police have sent evidence to a forensic lab, but law enforcement don't believe it was a criminal act. They believe the incident was a tragic accident. The boy, Michael Easter, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The handgun Michael shot and killed himself with is thought to be registered under his father's name -- Mark Easter. Confirmation is pending on that, but authorities have confirmed that it was not his service weapon.
Mark Easter learned of the tragic gun accident when he was alerted by his wife on his way to work.
Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand said this "serves" as just another reminder about guns and children.
“This just serves as a reminder that we need to be vigilant when it comes to keeping our children safe,” he said.
Despite warnings that guns should far away from young children inside the home, several fatal tragedies continue.