Authorities have identified the Phoenix man shot by his 4-year-old son while visiting in Prescott Valley on Friday as Justin Stanfield Thomas.
Police officers say they found the 35-year-old in critical condition at a home near Yavapai Road and Truwood Drive around 12:30 p.m. He later died in the hospital, said Brandon Bonney, a spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.
Thomas made an unannounced visit to a friend in the home and was only there for a few minutes before he was shot. The gun may not have been put away, which is how the child found it in the living room, Bonney said.
Bonney said the gun may have been accessible because the homeowner wasn’t expecting the young visitor.
The child was released to his mother, Bonney said.
The investigation is still ongoing. Bonney said it looks like an accidental shooting.
Guns don't kill people, toddlers do (apparently).
If there had only been a good toddler with a gun to prevent this tragedy.
Dad should have been carrying too, it would have made for a fairer fight.
Seriously, the homeowner should be held responsible for this completely avoidable tragedy, but it appears it will be treated as an "accident".