An Indiana dad was accidentally shot to death by his 3-year-old son after the little boy got his hands on a loaded weapon as the family sat watching television, police said.
“We have no reason to believe there’s any foul play involved,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin told WMBF-TV. “We think is purely a tragic accident that could have been avoided.”
Michael Bayless, 33, was blasted with a single shot from his own handgun as he sat with his wife and their four kids inside their Salem, Ind., home, police said.
The rest of the family watched in horror as the 3-year-old squeezed the trigger and mortally wounded his dad. Bayless was dead at the house when cops arrived.
“It was an accident that could have been prevented if the handgun had been out of the reach of a 3-year-old child,” Goodin told the television station. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way.”
A family friend said Bayless was warned about keeping his handgun in a safe place prior to the fatal gunshot.
“He did have a gun with him at all times, but it was unloaded,” friend Charlene Taylor told WLKY-TV. “It does not make any sense to me at all that it would have been loaded.”
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