SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Reno County District Attorney says a handgun that discharged Friday and killed the 3-year-old son of a Reno County sheriff’s deputy did not belong to the deputy.
Keith Schroeder told KSN News Saturday the deputy and his son were visiting the home at the time of the shooting. Schroeder said the homeowner thought the gun had been removed from the residence.
South Hutchinson Police officers and deputies from the Reno County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the home, which is in in the 100 block of E. Avenue B in South Hutchinson, about 8:15 a.m. after a report of a shooting.
Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said in an email the first officers on the scene they discovered the 3-year-old son of Reno County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Nagel had found a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in the apartment his father shares with another individual. Henderson said the deputy was in another room when he heard a gunshot and ran to find his son had been wounded.
Henderson said Deputy Nagel and South Hutchinson firefighters administered first aid to the child before EMS arrived.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stephen Schlif is in the apartment complex every day caring for one of the residents. He got a phone call Friday he’ll never forget.
“It sends chills through your spine when you hear about it because even though it’s not your child you,
you still feel bad,” said Schlif.
South Hutchinson Police are being aided in the investigation of the incident by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Police say the investigation continues, and that no charges have been filed at this time.