Stafford man arrested after two year old child fires his gun

by | Aug 5, 2022 | Police and Fire

A Stafford man was arrested on Thursday after a young child in his care gained access to a handgun and discharged a round from the loaded weapon.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office says on August 4th at 6:36 p.m. deputies responded to Fern Oak Circle for the report of a shooting into an occupied dwelling. The residents of a downstairs apartment had contacted the Emergency Communications Center to report a bullet had just come through their ceiling, into
their apartment.  No one was injured.

Authorities made contact at the upstairs apartment and identified 20-year old Delontae Harris, with his two-year-old child. The investigation revealed the child gained access to Harris’ loaded Taurus 9mm handgun and fired the shot into the occupied downstairs apartment. The handgun was seized as evidence and Harris has been charged with felony child endangerment and allowing access of a loaded firearm to a child. He was held at the
Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $2,500 bond. Child Protective Services was notified and the child was turned over to a responsible adult.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office tells us they have free gun safety locks available for the public. Contact our Crime Prevention Unit at 540-658-4030 for more information

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