Indiana State police are investigating the death of a man who was apparently fatally shot by his 3-year-old son.
33-year-old Michael Bayless from Martinsville was found dead on Friday night in a Salem home by Washington County sheriff’s deputies called to the scene.
Bayless, his wife, their three children and a juvenile relative were at the home about 25 miles northwest of Louisville, Ky., doing remodeling work.
Apparently Bayless had brought his gun with him to the house.
It appears that the Bayless and two of his children were watching a television program in the home when the 3-year-old boy found a loaded handgun in the residence and it accidentally discharged, fatally wounding the child’s father.
No one else was injured.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said that the case remains under investigation and prosecutors will determine if any adult should face charges.
He calls the case a “tragic accident and a tragic mistake” of leaving a gun within a child’s reach.