4-year-old shoots deputy's wife dead with deputy's gun

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A Tennessee deputy lost his wife after a 4-year-old shot her dead with the deputy's gun, according to a report from The Tennessean.com.

The child got his hands on the gun after the off-duty deputy put his weapon down during a family cookout Saturday, police say.

Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning was with another relative looking at guns in the bedroom of his home.

The deputy's wife, Josephine Fanning, and the 4-year-old, a family relative, walked into the bedroom. The child picked up a loaded gun that was on top of a bed and shot one round, killing Josephine.

The gun was the deputy's personal weapon, not a police gun, officials say.

Alcohol was served at the gathering.

The incident is under investigation.

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