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3-year-old who died in Taylorsville believed to have shot himself accidentally

Nov 17, 2022, 7:01 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2023, 5:49 pm

Police are investigating a double homicide that happened in Taylorsville overnight. According to Sg...

FILE: The Taylorsville Police Dept. is investigating a double homicide at the Atherton Apartments on Jan. 30, 2023. (Taylorsville Police Department)

(Taylorsville Police Department)

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Police are investigating a shooting overnight that killed a 3-year-old child at a Taylorsville apartment. In an update Thursday morning, Taylorsville Police said the toddler shot himself.

“A tragic accident, it is believed at this time that the toddler accessed an unsecured firearm,” said the Taylorsville Police Department in a press release about the accident.

According to Sgt. Aaron Cheshire with the TPD, crews were dispatched on reports of a gunshot wound at a residence in the area of 1645 West Thornhill Dr. at around 12:15 a.m.

The call came in from a parent who reported the child had shot themselves. Taylorsville Police’s press release said the parents were in the home at the time of the shooting.

“Officers and medical arrived and medical worked on the child but pronounced the child deceased on the scene,” said Cheshire.

Cheshire stated that the shooting is currently under investigation. TPD also said the parents were cooperating with the investigation.

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3-year-old who died in Taylorsville believed to have shot himself accidentally