Boy, 4, killed after finding gun at Fayetteville home

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Jeffrey David Perez

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.


  • FaithC

    I come from a long family line of gun owners, I will be teaching my grandchildren soon. The first thing to teach and to make sure a child knows is gun safety. Starting with, do not touch the guns!!
    Now, on to the parents, once again, gun safety!! Keeping a loaded gun on top of the fridge is irresponsible. I am sure they understand this now it is to late. What a shame.

    • jimmy

      So you’ve never been 4 years old? And when you see something interesting, you make it your business to get it??

  • Chucky1992

    I’m sure that there are plenty of people who would assume that high up would be a safe place for something so dangerous. I’ve seen other deadly things like prescriptions and chemicals being kept in such places. The problem is children can climb and children can be curious. This sad and unfortunate story should be a reminder to parents, friends and family of children of all ages, lock guns up and never keep them loaded and laying around the house. This was preventable. My heart breaks when I hear stories like this.

  • Rick

    How is charging the father going to solve anything. I think he has paid the ultimate price for this already with his son dieing and has to live with that the rest of his life.

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