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Police: Small child learning to use gun mistakenly kills father

By Jason Kessler, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Man is struck by a bullet while giving son, 7, gun lessons
  • Police: Shooting appears accidental
  • Police: Boy is with other family members

(CNN) -- An Allen Township, Ohio, man giving his 7-year-old son a lesson on how to fire a gun was killed Monday after the boy accidentally shot him in the head, police said.

The man was "apparently teaching his son how to shoot a .22 caliber rifle," a dispatcher at the Hancock County Sheriff's Department told CNN. He was struck by one bullet.

The dispatcher said police had no reason to believe the incident was anything but a tragic error.

"It appears to be an accidental shooting at this time," he said.

The dispatcher could not say who placed the initial 911 call or whether the man died immediately from his wound. He said he believed the boy is "with other family now."

The sheriff's office is withholding the man's identity until his family members are notified.