Police on Thursday still were investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who apparently accidentally shot himself with a gun Saturday.

Police said they weren’t sure whether criminal charges would be forthcoming.

“I know the investigators have interviewed the family,” said Cpl. Melencio Villarreal, spokesman for the Texas City Police Department. “It will depend on the DA’s office on whether or not to charge somebody.”

The District Attorney’s Office is waiting for the investigation to conclude before making a final decision on charges, District Attorney Jack Roady said.

Texas law makes it a crime to have a gun accessible to a child, except when supervised and done for lawful reasons.

If the incident leads to the serious injury or death of someone, it becomes a class A misdemeanor, according to the Texas Penal Code.

Anyone violating the law can be sentenced up to one year in prison and face a fine between $500 and $5,000

Police received a 911 call about a shooting just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of Lynn Circle near Palmer Highway in Texas City, Villarreal said.

When officers arrived, they found a 4-year-old boy dead from a gunshot wound, he said. The boy’s grandmother was baby-sitting him at the time of the shooting, Villarreal said.

The boy had found a small-caliber handgun in a bedroom in the house and accidentally shot himself, Villarreal said.

Police have not yet released the identity of the child.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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