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Boy Accidentally Kills Tenn. Deputy's Wife

April 08, 2013  | 

The wife of a Wilson County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot to death Saturday at their Lebanon home by a 4-year-old who gained access to a gun at a family cookout, police said.

The shooting occurred while Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning, 51, was with another relative looking at guns in a bedroom of the home, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The 4-year-old and Josephine Fanning walked into the bedroom where a loaded weapon was on top of the bed, TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said. The child picked up the gun and fired one round, which killed Josephine Fanning.

Read the full Tennessean story.

Tags: Wilson County (Tenn.) Sheriff, Off-Duty Life, Firearms Safety, Families of Officers


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krisnlc @ 4/10/2013 7:38 AM

Deputy Fanning, I am sorry you have to live through this, but your incomptence resulted in this. Your a cop for gods sake... really a loaded guy on the bed with your 4 year old... you, have become the typical i know everything i control everything type police officer! My heart goes to for your family and the stuff they will go through now... but you are soley responsible.

Trigger @ 4/10/2013 11:30 AM

What a tragedy. Who was watching the kid, apparently no one.

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