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Bloomington 4-year-old dies Thursday after accidental shooting

A 4-year-old boy died Thursday morning due to injuries from an accidental shooting last week, according to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyler Shaw, 36, was play-wrestling with his son Tripp at their Bloomington home when the father’s concealed Glock handgun fell off his back and fired. The bullet struck the father in the head and went through his son’s head. The father was transported to IU Health Methodist, and the child was taken to the Riley Hospital for Children. As of Jan. 21, the father was expected to recover.

The sheriff’s office is confident the shooting is accidental, but criminal charges may still be filed, Sheriff Brad Swain said. The department is waiting for more information from the hospital to send to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office, which will decide if anyone should be charged.

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this article mischaracterized the nature of the shooting. Shaw’s gun discharged on accident. The IDS regrets this error.

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