The parents of a 12-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with a weapon he found in their Danville home are police officers, a local television station is reporting, and questions are being raised about how the boy was able to access a loaded firearm.
The shooting, first reported by News24-680 after the boy’s mother – reportedly an Oakland police officer – called 9-1-1 to report that her son had accidentally shot himself in the arm, is currently under review by Danville police. The type of weapon was not revealed, but investigators are working to determine if it was a police issue firearm. Both parents are reportedly Oakland police officers, according to KTVU television.
The shooting occurred at around 5 p.m. Tuesday. A CalStar helicopter was requested to help speed the boy to an area hospital. Danville Police Lt. Allan Shields, speaking to KTVU, reportedly declined to say where the boy got the gun or if it was a department issued weapon.
Shields did tell KTVU that the case has been sent to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office for review. The boy, whose name has not been released by authorities, was released from the hospital late in the week and is reportedly recovering at home.