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March 01, 2014
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Teen son of 2 Calif. officers accidentally shoots himself

Police have not said how the gun was stored or whether it was a duty weapon

By Henry Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — The 12-year-old son of two Oakland police officers accidentally shot himself in the arm at his Danville home, authorities said Friday.

The shooting happened at a home near Camino Tassajara and Sycamore Valley Road about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday.

A woman who works as an Oakland police officer called 911, saying her 12-year-old son had "accidentally shot himself in the arm."

"RP's (reporting party) an off-duty officer," a dispatcher told responding officers, according to a recording of the incident as captured by Broadcastify.com, a website that provides radio feeds of police, fire and emergency service broadcasts. "She has secured the gun. Son's 12 years of age. It's an accidental shooting. He's awake and breathing."

The boy's wounds were not described as life-threatening. His father is an Oakland police sergeant.

The boy was treated at Children's Hospital Oakland and released, said Danville police Lt. Allan Shields.

Shields would not say who the gun belonged to, how the boy got the weapon or whether the firearm was issued by the Oakland police.

But Shields said police "investigated all aspects, including whether the weapon was properly stored, and based on that we determined there was no safety concern to the public."

The incident is being reviewed by the the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

An Oakland police spokeswoman was not available for comment Friday.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2014 the San Francisco Chronicle






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