A 5-year-old boy is “responsible” for the death of an Arizona mom who was shot in the chest last week, authorities said.
Michele Cox, 38, was killed around 6 a.m. Friday in what detectives believe was an accidental shooting, according to police. The woman sustained a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at a hospital later that morning.
It was not immediately clear how the shooting took place, but it appears that the child found a loaded handgun at their home in Casa Grande and managed to pull the trigger, striking his own mother in the chest, police said.
The woman’s three other children, ages 4 to 12, and her 40-year-old boyfriend were also at the home at the time of the shooting, the Casa Grande Police Department said in a news release. None of them was injured during the incident.
No charges have been filed, but police said they are working with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to determine the next steps in the investigation.
“This is a stark reminder that owning and safeguarding a firearm is a serious responsibility and should be a priority in anyone’s home or business, especially if children are present,” police said in the release.