Wife of Tennessee Sheriff’s Deputy, Josephine Fanning, Shot and Killed By 4-Year-Old


A 4-year-old in Tennessee shot and killed the wife of a sheriff's deputy after getting access to a loaded gun during a family cookout.

Josephine Fanning, 48, was shot on Saturday night inside the home she shared with her husband, Deputy Daniel Fanning. The young boy who fired the gun is not related to them.

Daniel and a relative were looking at loaded firearms in a bedroom inside the home when the 4-year-old grabbed a loaded gun and fired a single shot. Josephine was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CBS News.

"He was actually showing another person that was there at the house some of his weapons he had locked in a secure gun safe," said Sheriff Robert Bryan. "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 Bryan said the whole incident was just a horrible accident. "He took all the precautions, he's a trained law enforcement officer, trains with weapons all the time."

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will be taking a look into what happened.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the gun used was not Daniel's service weapon and that he currently works as a school resource officer.

Sources: CBS News, Officer.com


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