Officers Investigate Shooting Death of 11 Year-old
According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, on Sunday, February 15, at approximately 9:30 p.m. dispatch received a call requesting emergency personnel to a residence on County Road 865 in Gaylesville in response to an accidental discharge of a firearm resulting in injuries. Deputies and investigators responded to the residence and found an 11 year old child fatally injured. The child was pronounced dead on the scene by Coroner Jeremy Deaton. The father was apparently cleaning the handgun when it discharged. The bullet went through his hand and struck the 11 year old who was sitting on the couch and then struck the mother in the elbow. The man and woman were also transported for medical treatment of their injuries. The case remains under investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Major Crimes Unit. Officers from Dekalb County and first responders from area fire departments also assisted.