Six-year-old accidentally shoots, kills father in Bartholomew Co - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Six-year-old accidentally shoots, kills father in Bartholomew County

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (FOX59) – A six-year-old in Bartholomew County accidentally shot and killed his father.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person shot around 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Clinton Street in Hartsville.

On arrival, deputies found James Lonaker, 62, with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Lonaker was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital, but he died en route.

Investigators believe Lonaker’s six-year-old son accidentally shot his father when he picked up an unsecured 38-caliber revolver and fired a shot.

Lonaker’s wife and one-year-old infant child were also in the house, but they were not injured.

Sheriff Matt Myers says this was a tragic accident, and he wants to remind everyone to make certain that firearms in their homes are not accessible to anyone – especially children.

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