TBI: Four-year-old shoots and kills deputy's wife

TBI: Four-year-old shoots and kills deputy's wife

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By SHEILA BURKE
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - Authorities say a four-year-old who gained access to a loaded gun during a family cookout has shot and killed the wife of a Wilson County sheriff's deputy.

The shooting took place Saturday evening inside the Lebanon home of Deputy Daniel Fanning.

Authorities say the deputy and a male relative had been looking at firearms in a bedroom when the four-year-old picked up a loaded gun on a bed and fired it once, hitting Josephine Fanning.

The 48-year-old wife was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the four-year-old is not related to the Fannings and the gun used was not Daniel Fanning's service weapon.

Helm said Daniel Fanning works as a school resource officer.

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