ANSON COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been charged after officials said his 5-year-old son accidentally shot himself in the ear with his service weapon.
WBTV reported that the State Bureau of Investigation has charged Anson County Deputy Sgt. Josh Beam with failure to store a firearm to prevent access by a minor.
Officials said the boy shot and injured himself at Beam’s home on Saturday, May 17 while Beam was in another room. The boy reportedly returned to school the following Monday.
Beam’s service weapon was a Glock semi-automatic weapon, which does not have to be cocked before someone pulls the trigger. It does not have a child safety lock.
Beam was served with a criminal summons by the SBI on Friday morning, according to WSOC-TV. A bond was not required.
Beam is a 10-year veteran with the Anson County Sheriff’s Office and will remain on administrative leave until the matter is resolved, according to the sheriff.
“If anything positive comes out of this I hope it is to remind all of us to make sure any guns we have around the house are stored in a secure place and out of reach from children,” Sheriff Allen said, according to WBTV.