September 5, 2019
A grand jury indicted a Harris County Sheriff’s Office sergeant Thursday for making a firearm accessible to his young stepson, who was wounded after he shot himself, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
In July 2018, while Sgt. Tommy Anderson was on a walk with his daughter, his four-year-old stepson opened the door of Anderson’s unlocked gun safe.
The young child shot himself in the head with the handgun, which did not have a safety, and was left loaded. It was not Anderson’s duty weapon.
“This case is heartbreaking for all involved,” Ogg said. “With gun ownership comes tremendous responsibility. We must properly secure our firearms.”
Assistant District Attorney Gilbert Sawtelle presented the case to a grand jury, which determined that a criminal charge was warranted.
“This is a tragedy, but a reminder to us all that gun safety is of the utmost importance, especially with children in the home.”
The charge, Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child, is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
The case was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.