A Georgia man was shot dead by his toddler son after the child found the loaded handgun inside their home, police said.
Dustin Walters, 25, was found by police after they responded to reports of a shooting at his Savannah home at about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.
Walters was rushed to a hospital suffering from a gunshot wound, but he later died of his injuries.
A preliminarily investigation has since found that Walters’ son fired the fatal gunshot, police revealed this week.
Cops said the child was under 2 years old.
Walters is survived by his partner, Tori Pippin, and their only son, Mars, according to his obituary.
Police have not released any information on how the child was able to access the gun, or whether it was in a secure location.
“As a parent, I cannot imagine what this family is going through or will continue to go through in the coming years,” Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter said in a statement.
“What we want to make sure now is that parents are aware that although rare, these incidents can happen with tragic results. Please take this seriously and take the steps to ensure that you and your family members are safe.”