Toddler Shoots Tenn. Deputy’s Wife In Unguarded Moment

Source: The Tennessean / USA Today

LEBANON, Tenn. — Only a few seconds passed from the time the handgun was placed on a bed to when a 4-year-old boy picked it up and pulled the trigger. Only a few seconds for a friendly cookout at a Wilson County deputy’s home to turn tragic.

An accidental shooting. One person dead. Lifelong consequences.

On Saturday, Josephine G. Fanning, 48, was killed at her Wilson County home when the boy got ahold of a handgun owned by her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Fanning, who worked as an elementary school resource officer. Gun-friendly Tennessee has one of the highest rates of fatal accidental shootings in the nation, according to federal health statistics. While charges can be brought in some cases, prosecutors must prove negligence or recklessness.

No matter what, though, the fallout can lead to lifelong emotional scars for everyone involved.

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