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Father commits suicide moments after 2-year-old son found gun and fatally shot himself

By Mason White 12:28 PM September 10, 2017
Keon and Kyree Myers
Keon and Kyree Myers
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A father became terribly distraught after witnessing his son shooting himself to death with a loaded gun.

Police were called to the home in Columbia, South Carolina, on a report that a 2-year-old boy shot himself.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said that when officers entered the family’s home on Traux Lane, at around 11:00 a.m.,
they found the boy’s father holding a gun.

They ordered him to drop the weapon, but the distraught father refused. Instead, 38-year-old Keon Myers committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

Keon and Kyree Myers were rushed to the Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Both suffered from fatal gunshot wounds to the head.

Officers at the scene were shocked by what they witnessed.

According to Holbrook, the incident has been “emotionally trying for responding officers.” Officer and family members will receive the support they need.

Authorities are investigating if the father and son killed themselves with the same weapon, and whether that gun was bought legally.