Boy Accidentally Kills Tenn. SRO’s Wife

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. The firearm involved in the incident was not the officer’s service weapon, reports NewsChannel5.com.

Daniel Fanning is a school resource officer.

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