Police officers saw a child with a gunshot wound to his head when they entered at a home on Truax Lane in South Carolina. Nearby, the boy’s father was holding a gun and threatening to hurt himself.
The officers ordered Keon Myers, 38, to put the gun down, but he refused, according to a police statement. They asked again but he shot himself in the head.
Father and son were rushed to the hospital and both pronounced dead. According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts each died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
The responding officers were so shaken by what they saw that a debriefing was set up and a police chaplain arrived on the scene.
The mother of 2-year-old Kyree Myers called 911 on the morning of Sept. 6, to report that the boy had found a gun and shot himself.
Officers arrived on the scene on the 2400 block of Truax Lane shortly after 11 a.m. They witnessed the scene when they entered the house, according to Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook.
“Our hearts are heavy at the tremendous loss of life,” Chief Holbrook said in a statement. “We have victim advocates assigned to the case to assist the family during this difficult time. This experience has also been emotionally trying for responding officers. They will participate in a debriefing to discuss the incident and receive further support as needed.”
Police are working to figure out if the boy and his father used the same gun. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is working to determine where the gun came from and how it got into the home.
The funeral for father and son is scheduled for Sept. 13 according to a Facebook post.