Shot in the Dark

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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