Sheriff: Deputy's child fires service gun, shoots ear

ANSON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The son of a deputy at the Anson County Sheriff's Office found his father's service revolver and fired one round hitting the top of his left ear according to the Anson County Sheriff.

Investigators said the child is 5 years old and it incident happened just after 1:15 p.m.

The 5-year-old has no other injuries. Sheriff Allen said the child was responsive and talking when taken to the Anson County Hospital. The 5 year old was then moved to the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

Sheriff Allen said the deputy was not on duty and they are not releasing his name at this time. The deputy was the only other person at home with is son during the incident. The deputy was in a separate room as the child.

Allen said the Wadesboro Police Department is investigating this incident along with an internal investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

Allen said the deputy is on administrative leave.

"Right now we are trying to determine how the child got the weapon and managed to fire it.  The deputy is very shaken by this incident to say the least.  It appears from the initial medical report that the child will be fine." Allen said.

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