Boy finds and shoots gun belonging to Orlando police officer

Boy finds and shoots gun belonging to Orlando police officer

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A 9-year-old child located and fired a gun found inside a closet at the home of an Orlando police officer.

Officer Thomas O'Day will not be disciplined, according to investigators who said he did not know the child, his girlfriend's son, would be able to reach the gun, let alone fire it.

The weapon, a Diamondback .380 caliber pistol, is the officer's personal handgun and not a station-issued firearm.  Investigators will not say if the gun was locked up or in a lockbox, but they do say the officer had "secured" the weapon, which raises the question as to how the boy got a hold of the gun.

"The kid actually had to go look for it, had to find it, had to seek it out," said OPD spokesman Sgt. Jim Young.

According to a police report, O'Day's girlfriend, Crystal Ramer, was just leaving O'Day's house when she heard what sounded like a pan dropping.  Her son was coming down the stairs. When she asked him what happened, he first said nothing, but then admitted that noise was the sound of the officer's gun discharging.

The gun was fired into the closet, but the bullet did not penetrate the wall.

"The gun was secured in an upper closet area, well hidden," said Sgt. Young.  "The family was there visiting, because the power was out at their home and was visiting the home of the officer.  No one could foresee it happening in this case."

This is the third time in two weeks that there has been a shooting involving a child who gained access to a weapon.  A 16-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 12-year-old brother in a Lake Nona subdivision on Friday.  Just days earlier, a 4-year-old boy shot himself in the head at a home in Pine Hills.  The boy remains in critical condition.

In Tuesday's incident, there were no injuries. Investigators said the 9-year-old boy had never been to the house and that Officer O'Day was not negligent. However, the case is under review with the department's internal affairs division.

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