A three-year-old girl was killed after accidentally being shot in the head this morning in a residence in a Bradley County subdivision, according to officers with the Bradley County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators believe the child accidentally shot herself, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the sheriff’s department. The family lives in the Benwood subdivision.
Initial investigation shows the 3-year-old and a 2-year old cousin were playing when they apparently found the .45 caliber handgun. The girl’s mother was also home, said Gault.
The girl was at the home of a relative who was a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, Gault said. It is unclear whether the gun was his or whether it was his service weapon.
The girl was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center in Cleveland.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...