Police are piecing together the death of a man who was shot by his four-year-old son. Authorities say Friday's shooting in Prescott Valley of 34-year-old Justin Stanfield Thomas appears to be a tragic accident.
Prescott Valley Police Sergeant Brandon Bonney says that Thomas and his son had traveled from Phoenix to a friend's home in Prescott Valley for a surprise visit when the boy found a loaded gun, asked a question about it and pulled the trigger.
Bonney says investigators are trying to determine whether the tenant had a reasonable amount of time to secure the weapon. No children lived in the house.
Firearms experts say owning weapons carries a certain responsibility and that young children should be taught to avoid handling them.