The 3-year-old son of a Clark County Sheriff's detective died early today after he accidentally shot himself in the head a few hours earlier, according to a news bulletin issued by the Battle Ground Police Department.
Ryan Owens died at 2 a.m.
His father, Det. Eddie Owens, was off-duty and home at the time. It is unclear how the child obtained the gun.
Officials say the gun was not Owens’ service weapon, which is required to be kept in a lock box when at home.
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The shooting was first reported at about 10 p.m. Tuesday at their home in the 800 block of Southeast 11th Street in Battle Ground.
Minutes after the first report, officials summoned a Life Flight helicopter ambulance to the scene, and said it was in the air and coming from the Longview area, with an arrival time of 15 minutes.
Officials then canceled the request for Life Flight and said the child was unconscious and would be rushed by AMR Northwest ambulance to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were notified immediately. The case is being investigated jointly by detectives with the Battle Ground Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and Vancouver Police Department, officials said in a bulletin.
There was little activity outside the home Wednesday morning, excepting the TV news trucks parked about a block from the home. A sheriff’s vehicle was parked in front of the home.
The case is similar to one several years ago involving the death of a sheriff’s sergeant’s child. After that, Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas issued the policy requiring deputies to keep their guns in a lock box.