North Carolina: Police officer accidentally shoots son in the head

A 15-year-old boy was seriously hurt after his father, a police officer, shot him in the head, authorities in North Carolina said.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said all preliminary indications show the incident was an accidental shooting. It was reported at a home just east of the town of Beulaville.

The father and the son were not immediately identified, though investigators said the father is a part of the nearby Jacksonville Police Department.

Authorities said the teen suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Naval Trauma Center on Camp Lejeune and later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Pitt County, where he remained hospitalized.

It was not immediately clear if charges would be filed. District Attorney Ernie Lee said he was aware of the investigation and called the shooting a “tragic event.”

At least 1,422 unintentional discharges incidents were reported between 2012 and 2019 across 258 US law enforcement agencies, reports say.

Accidental shootings by law enforcement have caused hundreds of injuries to officers, suspects and bystanders, and sometimes they’ve caused deaths.