Father of four-year-old boy who was found shot dead at his Philadelphia home ‘made up home invasion story when the boy accidentally killed himself with a gun as his dad slept’
- Edward Williams Sr, 28, reported home invasion on North Lambert Street in Philadelphia at around 1am on Thursday
- Williams was at home with his two young sons while their mother was at work
- Police found four-year-old Edward Williams Jr mortally wounded in upstairs bedroom
- There were no signs of a forced entry or a struggle at the residence
- Cops later revealed elder Williams fabricated break-in story because his son accidentally shot himself with a gun he found in a closet
- The gun used in shooting was not registered to Williams, police said
Police in Philadelphia revealed this afternoon that a father made up a story about an armed home invasion after his four-year-old son got access to a gun and fatally shot himself overnight.
Law enforcement officials held a press conference on Thursday afternoon and identified the father as Edward Williams Sr, 28, and his deceased son as Edward Williams Jr.
According to police, the father concocted the story about the violent break-in at his family’s home to cover up his son’s accidental shooting.
Police in Philadelphia are investigating a home invasion robbery that left a four-year-old boy shot to death
The child’s father called 911 early Thursday to report a break-in at their home in the 2100 block of North Lambert Street (pictured
The boy was reportedly playing in a closet after midnight when he came across a gun and fired it, killing himself.
Police officers responded to the family’s home in the 2100 block of North Lambert Street at around 1am after getting a 911 call from the elder Williams about a robbery.
When officers arrived at the scene, they were met by Williams, who told them his son was shot in an upstairs bedroom.
The child was found lying unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to investigators, the father was at home with the four-year-old and his brother, aged two or three, while their mother was at work, reported CBS Philadelphia.
Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter gave a press conference at the crime scene overnight, saying the victim’s father was being interviewed by homicide detectives in the hope of learning more information about the deadly home invasion.
Responding officers found the ma’s four-year-old son shot in an upstairs bedroom
Police so far have found no signs of a forced entry or a struggle, and they have no viable leads or potential suspects
‘Homicide just got a warrant for the house and they’ll be searching for any evidence as to what occurred and checking the cameras in the area, but it’s very, very early in the investigation,’ Coulter said.
Early reports indicated that investigators found no evidence of a forced entry or a struggle at the residence, according to NBC10.