4-year-old dies after shooting self at home of Stafford deputy

Published: May. 16, 2017 at 3:12 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2017 at 7:19 PM EDT
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ORANGE, VA (WWBT) - A four-year-old is dead after shooting himself with a gun on Monday at an Orange County child care facility.

Investigators say he got a hold of the gun at the home, located off of Mine Run Road, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Crews responded to the call for help at 12:45 p.m. and attempted to save his life, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We seen the police go by, several vehicles go by. So I wondered what had happened… They were all lined up at a house," said neighbor Susan Marsee, who saw emergency crews rush to the house. "It brought me to tears because I have a son the same age…  I don't even want to fathom. It brought me to tears."

Deputies say the child care facility is the home of a Stafford County deputy sheriff recruit, who was not at home at the time of the incident.

The firearm involved in the shooting was not a service weapon, according to Orange County deputies.

"I think that any guns in the house should have been locked up," continued Marsee. "Especially being someone in law enforcement... But I don't know the situation, I don't know the circumstances."

The Stafford Sheriff's Office says the recruit is currently enrolled at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

Orange County Sheriff's Office investigators are investigating the incident, and an autopsy was conducted. The adult watching the child could face charges.

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