Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The four-year-old son of former Green Beret Justin Stanfield Thomas accidentally shot and killed his father when he discharged a handgun found at the house of a family friend in Arizona.
The Associated Press reports Thomas, 35, and his young son made a surprise visit to the house of a friend on June 7. Thomas's son discovered a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun and accidentally fired the weapon when he tried to show it to his father.
According to the A.P., the child later told police:
“Daddy got blood on him."
The Prescott Daily Courier reports Thomas was an Iraq War veteran who served as a Green Beret.
Because the owner of the gun was not expecting the visit from Thomas and his son, he will most likely not face any charges in the accidental shooting, according to NBC News.