Warrant: 3-year-old boy in Alleghany County died from self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

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UPDATE 12:07 p.m. (12/3/21): The Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke confirmed to WFXR News that the cause of death for the three-year-old boy in Alleghany County was a gunshot wound to the head, deeming it an accidental death.


ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — WFXR News is learning more about the circumstances surrounding Tuesday evening’s shooting in Alleghany County that resulted in the death of a three-year-old boy.

The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office told WFXR News the shooting took place around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the 1300 block of Dolly Ann Drive, just north of Covington.

According to Chief Deputy Matthew Bowser, Alleghany County deputies and Covington police officers responded to the shooting, as well as local EMTs.

A search warrant executed on Wednesday, Dec. 1 says there were three adults and several children at the scene when deputies arrived.

The boy was reportedly airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital before he died overnight

The warrant says the boy’s death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the back/side of his head.

According to the warrant, the child’s grandfather told authorities that the firearm found in the room with the child was his. However, the weapons was reportedly supposed to be hidden under some clothes.

The sheriff’s office is asking community members to pray for the boy’s family, as well as the first responders dealing with the psychological trauma associated with a child death investigation.

This is a developing story.

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