BENSON, NC (WNCN) – The Johnston County District Attorney’s Office has approved criminal charges against the father of a boy who was shot in the head.
County District Attorney Susan Doyle said Warren Tyler Ozer, the father of two-year-old Warren Bennett Ozer, will be charged with failing to properly and safely store his firearms to protect minors in violation of North Carolina General Statute.
“My heart goes out to the parents who are grieving the loss of their son. “These tragedies are 100 percent preventable by keeping all weapons safe from minors by law,” Doyle said.
Doyle’s office said the toddler died of a single gunshot to the head on Oct. 15 after the father’s loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun was found. The district attorney said the boy found the gun in the front seat of his father’s truck.
At that point, detectives said, the boy “climbed into his father’s pickup truck through the open door and was playing with a loaded handgun inside the vehicle. The child managed to discharge the weapon, injuring himself.
“This is not about the rightful ownership of firearms. “This is about the responsibility of gun owners to protect minors by making sure all weapons are kept safe from children,” Doyle said.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 900 block of West Watson Road in Johnston County just before 6 p.m. Oct. 15 for a shooting. According to the sheriff’s office, the 2-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the body. Near a vehicle at the rear of the property.
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