Holston Cole, 3, was killed in an accidental shooting in Paulding County on Tues., April 26, 2016. He is pictured with parents David and Haley Cole and 1-year-old twin sisters Paisley and Macy. (Credit: Family photo)

No charges in shooting death of 3-year-old Paulding County boy

No criminal charges will be filed in the death of a 3-year-old boy who shot himself with his father’s gun, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Around 7 a.m April 26, young Holston Cole found the .380 caliber, semi-automatic pistol and shot himself in the chest inside his family’s Camp Circle home, near Dallas, according to investigators. The boy was taken to WellStar Paulding Hospital but did not survive.

Holston got the gun out of a backpack in the home, Sgt. Ashley Henson said. An autopsy conducted by the GBI determined the boy shot himself.

The Sheriff’s Office consulted with the Paulding District Attorney during the investigation, Henson said.

“Detectives confirmed that this was an accidental shooting and that charges will not be pursued,” Henson said.

Holston is survived by his parents, David and Haley Cole, and 1-year-old twin sisters, Paisley and Macy.

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