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Ohio aux. officer accidentally shoots son

By The Associated Press

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — An auxiliary police officer accidentally shot and killed his son as the two were examining a sniper rifle at their central Ohio home, police said.

Michael Hopkins shot 22-year-old Kyle Hopkins in the chest with the .308-caliber rifle Tuesday in Marysville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbus, Marysville police said.

Michael Hopkins is an auxiliary officer with the police department in Kenton, about 30 miles to the northwest, assistant police chief Glenn Nicol said.

Kyle Hopkins was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Union County. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

No charges have been filed. Police, prosecutors and the coroner were investigating.

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