DA rules Memphis 11-year-old's shooting death to be accidental, no charges filed

DA rules Memphis 11-year-old's shooting death to be accidental, no charges filed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The District Attorney for Shelby County has determined the shooting death of a child was accidental.

Nov. 29, an 11-year-old boy died after he played with a pistol that discharged at a relative's home.

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The home was located in the 3700 block of Station Way in southeast Memphis.

Investigators said the boy found the pistol under a mattress in the bedroom of an adult who was legally allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

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Officials said the adult was not in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but told the boy and his 13-year-old cousin to stay out of her closed-door bedroom.

Police said the gun was in a holster and the safety was on.

After the District Attorney considered all the circumstances - including the age of the victim and the fact that the pistol was not easily accessible. The death has been ruled accidental.