The 4-year-old son of a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy was stable Thursday and was expected to recover from a self-inflicted gunshot wound from his father’s weapon.
Meanwhile, the sheriff’s department will ask Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson to conduct a criminal investigation into how the boy got his father’s small caliber pistol that is used as a back up weapon, said Maj. Stan Smith, commander of the department’s investigations unit. The investigation is standard procedure. Part of the investigation will be whether sheriff’s Investigator Kelvin Griffin violated the department’s weapons policy, including following instructions on securing it.
Griffin, 34, is an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s department and is assigned to the gang unit. Griffin is on family emergency leave while he attends to his son’s health, Smith said.
The shooting happened about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday as Griffin was preparing for his work day.
“He had taken the gun out to put it on,” Smith said. “He was dressing and the child ran into the room. He told the kid it was time to get ready for daycare and to go get dressed.”