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4-year-old boy shoots and kills wife of police officer

By Mason White 4:37 AM April 9, 2013
Josephine Fanning 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A terrible gun related tragedy happened during a family cookout in Tennessee, as a woman, who was the wife of a police officer was killed from a gunshot wound, according to press reports in Tennessee.

A 4-year-old Tennessee boy grabbed a loaded gun and fired it, killing the wife of a deputy sheriff at a family cookout, the state police said.

Josephine Fanning, 48, and her husband, Wilson County Sheriff Deputy Daniel Fanning, were entertaining friends and family at their Lebanon, Tennessee home Saturday night, Tennessee police spokesperson Kristin Helm said.

When Daniel Fanning began to show his guns to a friend in his room, a 4-year-old child, entered the room along with Josephine Fanning and grabbed a loaded gun that was on the bed and fired it, Helm said.
Authorities believe the shooting was an accident, but prosecutors are investigating the case to decide if they can press charges.

“It’s a sad, sad set of circumstances,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told a local television news station. “No one is immune to this, nobody, does not matter if you’re a police officer. These things can happen in seconds,” the sheriff added.

“After this story, police officer should really think about securing their guns at home. If these guns were secured this tragedy would not have happened,” Denise Lee, 29, who has law enforcement family members in Memphis Tennesee told after reading about the story.

About 600 people die each year in accidental shootings, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control statistics, and 31,000 U.S. residents die each year from gunshot wounds.