PCSO: 11-year-old dies after shooting in San Tan Valley

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - An 11-year-old boy has died after a shooting Tuesday evening in San Tan Valley.

Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said emergency crews were called to a home following a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Hunt Highway and Bella Vista Road after 7 p.m.

Gaffney said the child reportedly shot himself in the head. He said the child was breathing when deputies and medical personnel arrived.

The boy was airlifted to the hospital where he died at 9 p.m.

The boy reportedly was asked to complete some household chores and became upset. According to Gaffney, the boy went into a bedroom and shortly after a single gunshot was heard by other family members in the house.

The boy's father found the bedroom door locked, he forced his way inside and called 911.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Paul Babeu said the boy is the son of an Arizona State University police officer. He said the weapon used was a personal weapon.

It is not known if the shooting was accidental.

Neighbors were shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting. They said they were praying for the boy and his family.

"Their kids go to school with my kids. It's a small community out here," said one neighbor who did not want to be named.

Arizona State University released a statement offering condolences to the police sergeant's family.

"The university is making counseling services available to friends, family and fellow officers in the ASU Police Department who are dealing with this tragic loss," the statement said.


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