4 Yr. Old Son of Jackson Co. Deputy Accidentally Shoots Himself

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JACKSON, Mich – The four-year-old son of, Mark Easter a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy, accidentally shot and killed himself Saturday afternoon according to neighbors. The incident happened around 5pm Saturday afternoon at the family’s home on Jackson Rd. in Liberty Township.

According to neighbors, the Deputy was on his way to work when the incident happened. They believe the mother was home with the child.

Michigan State Police are handling the investigation and say it’s unclear how the boy got hold of the gun. The Jackson County Sheriffs Dept. will be bringing in grief counselors to help with the staff.

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25 comments

  • angela

    This is very very sad…..but just curious if this officer will be treated like other non officer parents when they have lost a child under the same circumstances?

        • angela

          dont matter if he was home or not the gun should have been out of this childs reach…locked in a lock box or something

      • cheryl

        my mistake he was on his way. So why is the father being blamed by others? the mother must have had the gun where the child could reach it. it is going to haunt this family as long as they live and maybe even break the family up. it should not have happened but we not to judge as now of us are perfect and something could happen to our children even though we thought they were safe. you can lose a child in the blink of a eye.

  • angela

    If we want to be honest here, if it were you or me we would be sitting in jail for this or at least well on our way. Its very sad that a child lost his life and very sad that these parents are going through such a loss but bottom line is that the gun should have been locked away.

  • S Henley

    My heart goes out to the family. This may sound insensitive, but I cannot help but say it. A trained police officer has a gun in his home that is unsecure enough for his young child to be able to access it and use it to accidentaally shoot himself…. First of all, this is unforgivable. Second, it is a symptom of a much bigger problem. If he uses this much common sense in his own home, how much does he demonstrate out in the community? Not sure I trust him or his bosses to protect the community…. This is government budget cuts and spending cuts at it's finest…. I apologize for the insensitivity, and My thoughts and prayers go otu to the family. G-D please watch over the sould of this boy who needlessly lost his life to something that could have been avoided…

  • Emily

    Offer grief and prayers and move forward, I'm certain this man will torture himself about this for the rest of his life, he doesn't need a bunch of strangers badgering him for what is the worst regret of his life.

    • angela

      Its not a matter of anyone badgering him, its about a young child being dead because someone didnt lock a gun up!……Like i said in an earlier post, if it were you or me we would be well on our way to jail. How many other parents out there have lost a child under the same circumstances and were charged and convicted, and I am sure they grieved too….a poor little boy is gone and it could have been prevented.

  • Karen

    I am the last to "pass judgement". These parents just lost their child. Placing blame is a natural human response (or so it seems is the normal anymore). And no… a parent would not be on the way to jail until the investigation shows negligence. Stop and think before speaking people! This is a tragedy. No matter who the parent is. Yes, the gun should have been secured. However, how many of you know a child ~ a young child that can open a bottle of "child proof" medication? Can get into a "secure" site on the computer? Can figure out how to set the DVD player? Enough said.

  • HGardner

    This is something this family is going to regret the rest of there lives. Too bad we can't all just say sorry for your loss and prayers out to everyone involved. It's just not the time people. Very sad situation.

  • angela

    When i posted "well on our way to jail" it was a figure of speach. Lets see if these parents get charged or if it will be swept under the rug because he is a police officer.

  • A parent

    As a parent of a 4 year old, I can only say my thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family for such a tragedy. I am sure there will be an investigation and blame and/or rational assigned. But, first and foremost we should keep the whole family in our prayers. They will never be the same.

  • ShameOnAnglea

    Angela, you're an unbelievably cruel and horrible person. You have no idea what these parents are going through. Show some compassion. You being on here running your big mouth and being hurtful doesn't benefit anyone but yourself and if this is what makes you happy, shame on you and your pitiful life. You have no idea how he's being treated and maybe if you did you would SHUT UP, but honestly it's not your business!

    • Okay 4 u

      Why is it okay for you "shameOnAnglea" writer. You think your words aren't hurtful against someone you don't know? Using words like pitiful, big mouth, and shut up. Shame on you! You should be proud, as your words are justified??

  • anonymous

    You people are a bunch of clowns. A 4 year old lost his life a you people act like this! Take your bs somewhere else and leave this family alone!

  • IamNotGod

    many of you have points, some good, some bad, some in poor judgement, or completely wrong basis, but the fact is there is so much pain in this story. I know the family. I know them well. Did they make a mistake, time will tell but it sounds like it, but we must morn the loss, pray for the SISTERS that the boy had, and the parents because they will never forget this. This can be about gun control, and blame him for having the extra gun (it was not his service gun), blame her for not knowing he was in playing with it, but you know what…this family will be tourtured enough by what they had to witness. She was with him when he passed, He had to rush back to the house knowing what he probably already knew. His sisters, probably watched in horror. Someone made a mistake, and we should allow them to live with it. right now, they are tourturning themselves over this….Judge all you want…for one day, you will be too.