This is a bit of a baffling story. The 3-year-old son of Ed Owens accidentally
killed himself after he accessed a weapon from a defective gun safe in
the home. At the time of the shooting in September of 2010, Owens was
a sheriff’s deputy for Clark County. Owens claimed he was not aware
the safe was faulty.
Owens was fired not long after the shooting for a number of reasons, including
his failure to fix the supposedly faulty gun safe. To complicate matters,
an investigation into the matter found that Owens placed the blame for
the accident on his 11-year-old stepdaughter and made her say she was
supposed to be watching the toddler but fell asleep.
Owens is now suing the sheriff’s department and asking for $1 million
and his job back. He claims the police targeted him because he became
very vocal about gun safes and wanted the police to test safes in the
homes of deputies.
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