Stepson of Harris County sheriff's sergeant shoots himself in head, investigators say

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor, Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor, Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor, Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

CYPRESS, Texas - The 4-year-old stepson of a Harris County sheriff’s sergeant accidentally shot himself in the head Tuesday, according to investigators.

The shooting was reported about 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 31000 block of Dunham Lake Drive, just off U.S. Highway 290, between Cypress and Hockley.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Wednesday that the boy underwent several hours of surgery.
“He came out of it and continues to be in serious condition,” Gonzalez said.

Investigators said that a parent, another adult and other children were at the home at the time of the shooting. Gonzalez said it was not clear if the sergeant was inside the home at the time of the shooting.

VIDEO: Gonzalez talks about shooting of child

Gonzalez said investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting and how the boy gained access to the gun. 

Prosecutors will ultimately decide if any charges will be filed.

The sheriff urged all gun owners to keep their guns out of the hands of children.

“We see too many situations where young children, in particular, are getting hurt and losing their lives by gaining access to guns,” Gonzalez said. “I hope that we can all continue to work together to change that.”

Gonzalez said guns should always be locked away and gun owners should always know where their weapons are located.

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