Update: Son Of Jackson County Deputy Accidentally Shoots, Kills Himself

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The four-year-old son of a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy accidentally shot and killed himself Saturday night.

It happened around 5:00 p.m. at the deputy's home on Jackson Road in Liberty Township.

A family member tells News 10 the deputy is Mark Easter.

"He is a wonderful father," cousin of Mark's wife, Cammy Rose said. "First and foremost he loves his kids, he's a wonderful husband and he is a good law enforcement officer."

According to officials, he was on his way to work at the time of the shooting. They believe the child was at home with his mother.

State Police are handling the investigation and say it's unclear how the boy got hold of the gun.

Rose calls it a tragic accident and says while Easter is authorized to carry a gun, he would never allow this to happen.

"I know this wasn't intentional and nobody really knows what happened, so there's no point in pointing blame," she said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is planning to bring in grief counselors to talk with staff.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 at 06:51 AM
    Horrific! I have a four year old, he climbs up everywhere and watches EVERYTHING I do. I have caught him doing the most scariest of things when I WAS watching. Parents have to go to the bathroom or answer the door/phone. Mistakes happen. Nobody has the right to judge this family. Shame on you for doing that to a family that is greiving in the worst of circumstances!
  • by Name Location: Lansing on Mar 11, 2013 at 07:35 AM
    I agree with Stacy. Amazing how "perfect" the crtics are. So it was a deputies child. The main point is compassion for a family that has suffered a horrendous loss. These same people have so little to say about the two year old that was beaten to death by the "abused" mother and her boyfriend.No problem making excuses for her. But I guess that does not warrant the same concern. Hypocrites
  • by Dan Location: Lansing on Mar 9, 2013 at 02:57 PM
    I think most people are in favor of RESPONSIBLE gun ownership, but this person was obviously NOT responsible. The mother of the Newtown shooter was NOT responsible. Perhaps laws creating penalties for gun owners who allow their guns to fall into the wrong hands because of their own negligence would help to make owners more responsible. I feel deeply sorry for this family.
  • by Lisa Location: Lansing on Mar 7, 2013 at 02:42 PM
    I am very sorry for the lost of this child. But the fact remains that they had a loaded Gun in the home of a very courious 4 year old. I have handeled firearms for many years and i know how much effort it takes to get off a trigger lock and if one had been on this gun i find it hard to believe a four year old could of got if off. The prisons are full of people who are very remorseful and soory for their crime and just because the boys father is in Law enforcment is no reason to sugar coat the story as the media and most of you have done. Also the courts and the media have no problem publishing full names and addresses of people involved in a top story. I personally think it is wrong but the media could care less. I pray that this family find peace because that child should still be here.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 5, 2013 at 07:33 AM
    To keep a gun is not as dangerous as having a heart. 1 in 5 people die because their heart stop function properly. Do we need laws for all people to keep healthy and going to the doctor. Laziness and bad lifestyles kills just like a gun, but its hard to point fingers at our selves.
  • by Larry Location: Dearborn Heights on Mar 4, 2013 at 02:49 PM
    While this IS a VERY tragic accident it is also one that should not have happened. No matter the circumstances the fact stands that a 4 year old was somehow able to access a weapon. If this was anyone else besides a law enforcement officer this would have been front page immediately and the gun haters would be calling for heads to roll. So what we all should forgive and forget because he was an LEO, I think not. Whether this officer is in uniform or at home he is still just another person like you or me and should have the same consequences. He is no better than anyone else and at the end of the day bleeds red just like me.
  • by Kathy on Mar 4, 2013 at 02:26 PM
    The parents of this child will live the rest of their lives with this. This was a tragic accident. I hope that someday they will be able to forgive themselves. I am sad about the loss of life and I'm worried about the whole family. I am so sorry. This shouldn't of happened to anyone.
  • by John Location: Lansing, MI on Mar 4, 2013 at 07:05 AM
    How horribly tragic. My thoughts are with the parents at this time.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 4, 2013 at 05:51 AM
    People have forgotten how smart and curious a four year old is. At that age, they know how to lock and unlock doors. They are physically able to pull triggers, levers and gearshifts. To them the world is this wonderous place to learn and explore. They do beleive that they can do whatever their parents can do. It is beleiveable for a four year old to get the keys and open a gun safe, look at a weapon, handle it like his daddy and pull the trigger like his daddy. Imagination and imitation are the foundation for any developming mind but they can also be deadly.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 4, 2013 at 05:51 AM
    Guns kept in the home are 43 times for likely to injure someone who lives in the home than protect the home from an outside threat (like an armed intruder).
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