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Authorities say the 4-year-old son of a Redding,CA police officer has died after an apparent accidental shooting.
Dave Compomizzo, a captain at the Shasta County sheriff's office, told The Associated Press that investigators believe the child got a hold of a handgun in his parent's bedroom.
Hunter Rhoads died Thursday from a gunshot wound to the head. He is the son of Redding Police Officer Jason Rhoads.
A parent was home at the time, but authorities declined to say whether it was Jason Rhoads or his wife.
Compomizzo would not say whether the weapon was a service gun. He says it's unclear how the child accessed the gun.
 

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All guns should be locked up and away from any kids in the house. How many times have we heard about this happening and how many children have to pass before people take the extra time and care to properly secure their firearms.
 

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Redding police officer's gun was weapon that killed his son

By Sandy Louey
Sacramento Bee

REDDING, Calif. - The 4-year-old son of a Redding police officer who died from an apparently accidental shooting last week used his father's service weapon, authorities said.
The shooting occurred last Thursday afternoon at the Shasta Lake home of Redding police officer Jason Rhoads. Hunter Rhoads was alone in the master bedroom closet when the accident occurred, according to a release from the Shasta County Sheriff's Department.
The boy was taken to the Mercy Medical Center in Redding with a gunshot wound to the head. He was later pronounced dead, officials said.
The results of the sheriff's department's investigation will be turned over to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office after it is finished. That should be done in the next week or two, said Capt. Dave Compomizzo of the sheriff's department.

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