Boy, 4, killed after finding gun at Fayetteville home
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Police said a man was arrested after a 4-year-old boy found a handgun at a Fayetteville home and shot and killed himself.
Police said 32-year-old Jeffrey David Perez was charged after Killian Perez found the loaded gun on top of a refrigerator shortly before 10:43 a.m. Saturday at 1608 Stanford Court.
The boy was able to manipulate the handgun and ended up shooting himself, police said. Officials said emergency responders tried saving him, but he was later pronounced dead.
Police said a parent was in the home at the time of the shooting. Authorities have not said if the suspect is the child’s father, although they do share the same last name.
Jeffery Perez is a soldier in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, according to police.
The suspect was charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm and processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center. He received a $5,000 unsecured bond.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any details can call Fayetteville police at (910) 433-1856.