Fatal crash

No charges will be brought in the accidental shooting death of a toddler that occurred July 2 at the Shackle Island Fire Department.

Two-year-old John Robert Moore died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after retrieving a gun from a vehicle parked at the fire station. The toddler had accompanied his father, volunteer firefighter Michael Moore to the fire hall, and the two became separated.

Investigators with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office gave few details at the time of the incident, including where the gun was found and who it belonged to.

“We just want to be able to say with 100 percent certainty where the gun came from,” Maj. Tim Bailey said at the time of the incident. Bailey also said that his office would meet with the Sumner County District Attorney General’s Office once the investigation was complete and would determine whether charges would be brought.

District Attorney General Ray Whitley released a statement on Thursday, Sept. 3.

“Today I met with Major Bailey and the Sheriff’s Department investigators regarding the fatal gunshot of Michael Bradford Moore’s two-year-old child at the fire hall, and I have determined that there will be no criminal prosecution in this matter,” said Whitley. 

Bailey said on Friday that Moore’s vehicle was parked inside the fire hall bay at the time of the incident. The gun, a 9 mm pistol, was found by the child inside the driver’s side door pocket of his father’s car, he added.

He said investigators agreed with Whitley’s decision to not prosecute Moore.

“That was the conclusion we all agreed on,” he said.

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