October 21, 2014
YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) - No charges will be filed against a Sutter County sheriff's deputy whose 3-year-old son killed himself with his father's service gun.
Sutter County district attorney Carl Adams says it was an accidental shooting that the boy's parents could not prevent.
Tyler Whiteaker died Sunday night at the family's Yuba City home from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Adams says the boy was curious about a flashlight on the pistol. He picked it up and fired as his father looked away after cleaning the weapon.
The boy's father, 33-year-old Sgt. David Whiteaker, is an 11-year veteran of the Sutter County Sheriff's Department.
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