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Officer Accidentally Killed by 3-Year-Old Son

January 05, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A rookie police officer was shot to death by his 3-year-old son in front of his pregnant wife after the boy grabbed his father's gun off the kitchen table.

Joshua Haffner, 22, was pronounced dead after several hours of surgery.

The shooting happened shortly after the Nashville officer returned from work to his home in Smyrna.

"He was taking off his duty equipment and laid his gun on the kitchen table. Apparently while he had his back turned and was talking to his wife, their 3-year-old picked the gun up and shot him," said Smyrna police Sgt. Ken Hampton.

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