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Stepson, 4, of Texas sheriff’s sergeant shoots himself in the head with service weapon

Four-year-old stepson of a Texas sheriff’s sergeant shoots himself in the head with service weapon

  • Spokesman Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland says a person at the scene said the boy shot himself at a home near Hockley 
  • The four-year-old was airlifted to the hospital on Tuesday and is listed in critical condition 
  • The sergeant works for the Harris County sheriff’s office, which is conducting internal and criminal investigations 

Authorities in Southeast Texas are trying to determine if the 4-year-old stepson of a sheriff’s sergeant shot himself in the head with his stepfather’s service weapon.

The Harris County sheriff’s office says the child was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition after the shooting Tuesday.

Spokesman Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland says a person at the scene said the boy shot himself at a home near Hockley, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Houston.

Spokesman Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland says a person at the scene said the boy shot himself at a home near Hockley

One of his parents was in the home with another family member when the shooting took place. 

The sergeant works for the Harris County sheriff’s office, which is conducting internal and criminal investigations.

The sergeant works for the Harris County sheriff's office, which is conducting internal and criminal investigations

The sergeant works for the Harris County sheriff’s office, which is conducting internal and criminal investigations

Gilliland says the sergeant is on family leave

Gilliland says the sergeant is on family leave

Gilliland says the sergeant is on family leave.

Police said Sunday that a Houston toddler fatally shot himself in the head. 

San Antonio police reported Wednesday that a toddler was wounded in the abdomen after a handgun accidentally discharged.

On Wednesday, Harris County sherriff’s office announced that the boy was in critical condition and that he had just celebrated a birthday recently. 

The four-year-old was airlifted to the hospital on Tuesday and is listed in critical condition

The four-year-old was airlifted to the hospital on Tuesday and is listed in critical condition

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