Monday, October 20th, 2014

Police Investigate After Tragic Death Of Arizona Father

Justin-Stanfield-ThomasPolice are piecing together the death of a man who was shot by his four-year-old son.  Authorities say Friday's shooting in Prescott Valley of 34-year-old Justin Stanfield Thomas appears to be a tragic accident. 

Prescott Valley Police Sergeant Brandon Bonney says that Thomas and his son had traveled from Phoenix to a friend's home in Prescott Valley for a surprise visit when the boy found a loaded gun, asked a question about it and pulled the trigger. 

Bonney says investigators are trying to determine whether the tenant had a reasonable amount of time to secure the weapon.  No children lived in the house. 

Firearms experts say owning weapons carries a certain responsibility and that young children should be taught to avoid handling them.

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