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Wife Of Wilson Co. Deputy Shot, Killed By 4-Year-Old

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Deputy Daniel Fanning Deputy Daniel Fanning

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Sheriff in Wilson County talked on Monday about a weekend accident that killed the wife of one of his deputies. Authorities said a 4-year-old who gained access to a loaded gun during a family cookout shot and killed 48-year-old Josephine Fanning.

The shooting happened Saturday evening inside Deputy Daniel Fanning's home on S.E. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon. Authorities said Deputy Fanning and a male relative had been looking at firearms in a bedroom.

"He was actually showing another person that was there at the house some of his weapons he had locked in a secure gun safe," said Sheriff Robert Bryan.

The sheriff said no one saw Deputy Fanning's 4-year-old nephew walk into the room.

"Split second, we're talking about seconds for that kid to walk in that room unbeknownst to them, grab that gun and it goes off." said Sheriff Bryan.

The 4-year-old picked up the loaded gun and fired it once, hitting Josephine Fanning. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Sheriff Bryan said this was all just a horrible accident.

"He took all the precautions, he's a trained law enforcement officer, trains with weapons all the time." 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate, as required by protocol.

TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the gun used was not Daniel Fanning's service weapon. Helm said Daniel Fanning works as a school resource officer.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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