Bartholomew County, Indiana: 6-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots and Kills Father

Bartholomew County, Indiana: 6-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots and Kills Father

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – A 6-year-old in Bartholomew County accidentally shot and killed his father.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person shot around 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Clinton Street in Hartsville.

On arrival, deputies found James Lonaker, 62, with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Lonaker was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital, but he died en route.

Investigators believe Lonaker’s 6-year-old son accidentally shot his father when he picked up an unsecured .38 caliber revolver and fired a shot.

Lonaker’s wife and one-year old infant child were also in the house, but they were not injured.

Sheriff Matt Myers calls the shooting a tragic accident. “This is a tragedy that is told and retold all across the country and a tragedy that is easily avoided. I urge every responsible gun owner and parent to take this tragedy to heart,” said Sheriff Matt Myers. “Many firearms accidents in the home can be prevented simply by making sure that firearms are kept unloaded and safely stored, with ammunition secured in a separate location. Please keep your guns in a secure location out of reach of children.”

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