Reports: Officer's son found gun in closet, killed himself

Posted at 11:38 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 14:21:13-04

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities have released more details about the death of a 3-year-old boy who got access to his father's gun and fatally shot himself.

Steamboat Today reports Gavin Stiles, the son of a Steamboat Springs police officer, was shot in the master bedroom of his parents' home on July 14 when his mother was upstairs and his father was outside.

Reports released Monday by the Routt County Sheriff's Office say Michael Stiles told investigators his son could've climbed on furniture to access a bag in the closet that contained the weapon issued to him by the police department.

The department requires officers to keep firearms locked and secured in a way "that will keep them inaccessible to children."

A grand jury declined to indict the boy's parents last week.


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