NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities say a 4-year-old boy got hold of a loaded gun during a family cookout and shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy.
Investigators said Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning on Saturday was showing his weapons to a relative in a bedroom of his Lebanon home when the toddler came in and picked up a gun off the bed. Sheriff Robert Bryan said the weapon discharged, hitting 48-year-old Josephine Fanning.
She died at the scene. The child is not related to her or her husband.
Bryan said the shooting was a terrible accident and that within seconds of Fanning placing the gun on the bed, the toddler picked it up.
The gun was not Fanning’s service weapon and the sheriff said the deputy’s weapons are normally stored in a safe.