Dad charged after son accidentally shoots, kills little brother

Robert Turner
Robert Turner (Courtesy: Goodlettsville Police Department)

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Goodlettsville father has been indicted on two felonies in the accidental shooting death of his 5-year-old son.

It happened on Nov. 21 just before Thanksgiving after the child’s big brother got a hold of the father’s loaded handgun and pulled the trigger.

The 5-year-old boy was hit in the head and died at the family’s apartment off Moss Trail.

Their father, 31-year-old Robert Turner, is charged with felony criminal negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

Police say it was his semi-automatic handgun with a laser sight that was used in the accidental shooting.

Turner is accused of messing around with the laser, pointing it at the wall so their cat could chase it.

He allegedly put the gun down for 30 seconds when his 7-year-old picked it up and accidentally pulled the trigger, killing his little brother.

Nashville self-defense expert Buford Tune told News 2 that a gun is nothing to be played with, laser or no laser.

“You have a semi-automatic, it has a light trigger, usually a 5 to 5.5-pound trigger any kid can press,” Tune said.

“Leaving it laying there, I have a big problem with that,” he added.

Tune says education is the key.

“You can say, ‘Stop! Don’t touch it! Go tell an adult! Get away from it. Don’t pick it up! Don’t touch it; go tell someone!’” he explained.

Turner is scheduled to be in Davidson County court on Jan 13. for his arraignment.

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