Officer’s son, 3, fatally shoots himself
Police say the gun was owned by the boy’s father
By PoliceOne Staff
ST. LOUIS — A Maryland Heights police officer’s 3-year-old fatally shot himself Tuesday, according to police.
Police found Daniel Metz, who had accidentally shot himself in the torso with a handgun, in the rear bedroom of his home. An emergency call from his mother alerted them to the incident, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Officers performed CPR, but Metz was pronounced dead that evening.
"It's a terrible thing," O'Connor said. "It's pretty much a shock."
Metz’s father is a three-year veteran of the Maryland Heights police, and counseling has been made available to him, his other family members, and the responding officers.
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