Jackson County Toddler Accidentally Shoots Self

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

It's a tragedy that has neighbors and law enforcement lost for words. Three-year-old Michael Easter got hold of a handgun inside the family's Liberty Township home, then accidentally shot and killed himself. The boy's mother was in the house at the time. She called 911 and her husband, Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Easter who was on his way to work.

"We reached out to first responders that were there, folks that may have seen something, heard something," said MSP Jackson Post Commander F/Lt. Michael Krumm.

MSP investigators are trying to piece together what happened. They've submitted the weapon and shell casings to the forensic lab, but said what happened on Saturday is a tragic accident.

"In these cases there are a lot of things you look at, but in this case I would be shocked to see anything else but an accidental shooting," said F/Lt. Krumm.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is not taking part in the investigation, but will provide grief counselors to the staff.

"You go to a lot of tragic events in this line of work, it's just a lot different when it's somebody close to you," said Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand.

Sheriff Rand says Deputy Easter is taking time off to be with the family and his office is offering their full support, while MSP is continuing the investigation.

"Obviously it was a loaded weapon, it was unsecured and so how Michael got to that, that's one of the things that we're trying to determine right now," said F.Lt. Michael Krumm.

However, investigators say the answer to that question may never come to light.

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  • by joblo on Mar 6, 2013 at 03:30 PM
    The title on your news video says it was the fathers gun. Has this been confirmed and if so, by who?
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 6, 2013 at 07:06 AM
    Hey "JACK"...I have and I know first hand! No trigger lock, Not kept away from kids...NON LE get charged! Seen it to many times. I have dealt with IA before. If you are a non com, you are screwed. If you are civilian you are screwed.
  • by Jack Location: Location on Mar 5, 2013 at 01:22 PM
    Hey "Name", just because it's not said here doesn't mean it won't be reviewed. Not only that, but since when is law enforcement to blame when the Prosecutor's Office determines whether or not this case would be reviewed...or how about this, maybe it's what the media decides to put in their story. Get your head out of your butt please... or feel free to wear a gun and vest every day, and lay down your life for complete strangers, before you comment about things you obviously have no clue about and sound completely ignorant in speaking about.
  • by Jackie Location: Holt on Mar 5, 2013 at 09:07 AM
    I cant figure out where the gun was, and why it was loaded and no trigger guard on it, I know kids are fast and nosey but something isnt right, why did this 3 yr old know where to find it. Pieces just dont fit
  • by C'mon Location: Location on Mar 5, 2013 at 08:27 AM
    Nobody's trying to take your precious firearms, Dan, not even WILX. Snuggle back down in your bunker now and relax.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Mar 5, 2013 at 03:46 AM
    How many more times are you going to run this story? There's no more information added here than in your last updates. The transparency of you trying to push your anit-gun agenda at the cost of this families grief sickens me WILX.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 4, 2013 at 05:11 PM
    My heart goes out to the family. I can not imagine the pain they are going through. My prayers are with them. With that said...If this happened in my home, or any other NON law enforcement home, the news would be stating that the Prosecutors office will be looking at possible charges of the parents. The police DO stand together against ALL others.
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