Sunday, February 15, 2015

California 10-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Sister With Deputy Dad's Gun

Huffington Post

Police say the 10-year-old daughter of a California sheriff's lieutenant shot her younger sister with their father's gun in an apparent accident.

Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez says the 8-year-old girl was shot Friday in the torso and is in stable condition.

Gomez tells the Fresno Bee ( that the girls' father was getting ready for work and had removed the magazine on his handgun before leaving it on a bed while he got ready for work.

He says the 10-year-old grabbed the gun and discharged a bullet left in the chamber hitting the younger girl.

Gomez says the lieutenant immediately called 911 for an ambulance and notified Fresno police.
Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney says the gun used was the employee's service weapon and that the officer would not be placed on paid administrative leave.


  1. Have to wonder if the government issued firearm was compliant with state law requiring either a magazine disconnector or a loaded chamber indicator.

    1. I have to wonder why they allow such a negligent person (whose negligence just got a child killed) be an officer.

    2. I've said before Sandra, keeping children from accessing firearms is very important because of the potential for even a single lapse becoming a tragedy. You have to follow safe practices every time.
      We don't know if he habitually did this or if this was the first time. Even having the safety measures I mentioned doesn't absolve him of responsibility of the outcome.

    3. First time, or not has nothing to do with it. You don't get a second chance with a deadly weapon (gun). He's lucky his child is still alive and he has her scar and injury to constantly remind him of how stupid he is. He left the gun where a child could get at it, and he left it loaded. Citizens are suppose to trust him now?

    4. I'm sorry Sandra, I thought you were complaining about his being allowed to hold a job before he demonstrated this negligence.
      As for his continued employment, as a government employee, he is afforded the protections of civil service employment, not to mention the union. And of course, if he's convicted of a felony, then he wont be able to work in the field.

    5. "I thought you were complaining about his being allowed to hold a job before he demonstrated this negligence."
      I have no clue where you got that, but I say that a lot to your comments.

    6. ss, your first comment seems to be absolving him of negligence and blaming the government that issued the firearm.

      I also think it's very unlikely that this was his first lapse in safety. That would be a helluva coincidence if the very first time his kid got hurt.

    7. No matter what firearm was used, the father is on the hook for it, at least in my opinion.