Dad gets probation after son accidentally shoots, kills little brother

Robert Turner
Robert Turner (Courtesy: Goodlettsville Police Department)

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Goodlettsville father pled guilty and received six years of probation in connection to the accidental shooting death of his 5-year-old son.

Robert Turner was charged with felony criminal negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the Nov. 21 shooting.

Metro police accused Turner of messing with his semi-automatic handgun’s laser, pointing it at the wall so the family cat could chase it.

The shooting occurred when Turner put the gun down and his 7-year-old picked it up, accidentally pulling the trigger.

Turner’s 5-year-old son was struck and killed by the bullet.

As part of his guilty plea, Turner received the probation time as well as the provision that he can never own a gun again.

He must also undergo counseling with his wife and surviving son.

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