ANSON COUNTY - The son of an Anson County sheriff deputy found his father’s service revolver and fired one round, which hit him on the top of his left ear.
According to a release from Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen, the 5-year-old child shot himself around 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
The child had no other injuries. The release said he was responsive and talking when he was taken from the Anson County Hospital to Levine Children’s Hospital.
Allen said the officer, who was not on duty at the time and whose name is not being released at this time, was the only other person in the house with his son at the time. He was in another room inside the house when the incident occurred.
Because the officer lives in Wadesboro, the Wadesboro Police Department is investigating the incident, along with an internal investigation by the sheriff’s office.
“Right now we are trying to determine how the child got the weapon and managed to fire it. The deputy is very shaken by this incident to say the least. It appears from the initial medical report that the child will be fine. Our investigation, which will take several days, will determine what actions may be taken regarding the deputy in this matter. At this time the deputy is on administrative leave,” Allen said.