CORSICANA — A toddler died late Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself.
Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said the boy's 35-year-old father called 911 just before 9 p.m. and told dispatchers his son shot himself at the family's home on North 30th Street.
Kinsler Allen Davis was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where doctors pronounced him dead just after 11 p.m. The boy was less than a month away from his third birthday.
A preliminary investigation shows the boy found the handgun inside a bedroom and fired it. The bullet hit him in the head, Chief Bratton said. The boy's father was in a walk-in closet in the bedroom where the boy was, feet away from where the accident occured. Initially, the chief reported the father to be in another room but he later said that was incorrect.
Bratton said the initial investigation points to the incident being accidental. No one has been arrested. However, after the investigation is complete, Bratton said the case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office to determine if any charges will be filed.
Bratton urged gun owners to take extra precautions to prevent accidents like this in the future.
"Even if you have a lot of experience with firearms you still need to take additional precautions to ensure this doesn't happen," he said.
Corsicana is 51 miles southeast of Dallas.