Investigation into Shooting Death of 2 Year-old Toddler in Laurel County, Kentucky conducted by “Major Crimes” Task Force

LONDON, KY - Laurel County Sheriff John Root, London City Police Chief Chuck Johnson, and Kentucky State Police Captain Ryan Catron have announced that: On Wednesday, August 9, 2023 the Laurel County “Major Crimes” Task Force conducted a death investigation regarding the report of a 2 year old male child that received a gunshot wound to the abdomen in southwestern Laurel County at approx.. 8:49 P.M.

Responding officers performed first aid on the child until EMS arrived, and the child was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the child accidentally shot himself with a pistol causing a critical injury.

Investigation is continuing by the case officer, Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Taylor McDaniel.

Assisting at the scene and on the investigation were:

Laurel Sheriff’s investigators, London City Police, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Keavy Fire and Rescue, London - Laurel Rescue Squad, and the Laurel County Coroner’s Office.


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