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Father indicted after 12-year-old son fatally shot while fumbling with gun left in pickup truck

Cleveland police
Posted at 5:50 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 17:50:24-04

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland father has been indicted on multiple charges following the death of his son who was shot while the boy and his brother were handling a gun that was left in a vehicle.

The indictment was filed on Monday.

According to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas records, Donell King, 37, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Both the involuntary manslaughter and felony endangering children charge carry 1-year gun specifications.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of East 94th Street in Cleveland. A police report states that the boy and his brother were sitting in King’s 2008 Dodge Ram when they found a gun that was in the truck.

The report states that, “the two brothers fumbled with the firearm and the firearm went off.” As a result, King’s 12-year-old son was shot in the chest.

The victim’s brother ran to the 4th District Police Precinct for help. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the 12-year-old laying in the grass bleeding from a gunshot wound. Police administered first aid until EMS arrived.

The 12-year-old was transported to Rainbow and Babies and Children’s Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

King has an arraignment scheduled for Sept. 8 in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas.

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