Chad Olm allegedly shot and killed his 11-year-old nephew Hunter Pedersen while showing off his gun collection in a Delaware Township, Penn. home on Saturday.
Olm was reportedly showing his nephew and son several guns, which he thought were unloaded. The home belongs to Pedersen's grandfather, but Olm was living in the basement (video below).
The Pocono Record reports that Olm allowed the boys to handle a .357 Magnum revolver, a .22 revolver and a 9 mm. Then Olm pulled pulled out a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun with a laser sight. Olm waved the laser sight around the room and then at Pedersen's head.
Olm reportedly told police that when Pedersen reached for the gun, he pulled the trigger. That's when Pedersen was shot in the head.
“There is nothing you can say that would make the situation better," Lt. Christopher Paris, of the Penn. State Police, told WNEP. "They have lost something that is irreplaceable. You certainly try to express your condolences and let them know thoughts and prayers go out to them.”
Olm was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.
“It’s horribly tragic,” Lt. Paris told The Pocono Record. “The family is devastated. It goes to show that the safe handling of firearms is a must. The family has lost something that they can never replace.”
The Wallenpaupack Area School District, where Pedersen attended, is going to provide counselors for students who were not involved in the incident.