5-year-old who shot self with deputy's gun expected to recover

WADESBORO, ANSON COUNTY - A 5-year-old boy has been released from a hospital after he shot himself with the service weapon of his father, a North Carolina deputy.

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen Jr. told ABC affiliate WSOC the 5-year-old was released from Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte Sunday. The boy is expected to make a full recovery but will likely need plastic surgery on his ear, where he shot himself, said Sheriff Allen.

Allen said the 5-year-old shot himself in the ear at about 1 p.m. Saturday in his Wadesboro home. The boy used a gun that belonged to his father, Sgt. Josh Beam of the Anson County Sheriff's Office (pictured above).

Sgt. Beam was off duty and in another room when his son shot himself, said Allen.

Allen told WSOC that Sgt. Beam has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime a deputy's weapon is fired.

Investigators are working to figure out how Beam's son got the weapon.

Allen said the Sheriff's Office has contacted the Department of Social Services and the district attorney. But the DA declined to comment on the possibility of charges.

Sheriff Allen said Sgt. Beam is "blaming himself" and "beating himself up" over the shooting.

Sgt. Beam has been with the Anson County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. Sheriff Allen described Beam as a good deputy with an "unblemished record."


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Authorities say the 5-year-old son of an Anson County deputy found his father's gun and shot himself.

Sheriff Tommy Allen says the boy shot himself in the ear at about 1 p.m. Saturday, but was talking to paramedics when he was taken to a children's hospital in Charlotte.

Investigators say the deputy was not on duty and was in another room in their Wadesboro home when the boy shot himself.

Allen says the deputy has been placed on leave as internal investigators and Wadesboro Police try to figure out how the child got the weapon and fired it.

The sheriff did not release the deputy's name.

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