Police: Henry County teen accidentally shot and killed by brother

Charges could be forthcoming against a Henry County mother and her 14-year-old son after the teen accidentally shot and killed his 15-year-old brother, police said.

Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said officers dispatched to the family’s home on Deer Trace Drive near McDonough at 2:41 a.m. Saturday discovered that the younger teen had shot his brother.

The brothers, along with a friend who was spending the night, had gotten the mother’s handgun, “which at the time had been unloaded,” Smith said.

“During the course of the evening and early morning hours, one of the boys had evidently loaded the weapon, Smith said. “The 14-year-old at some point pointed the weapon at his brother and pulled the trigger, which resulted in the 15-year-old being struck in the chest area.”

Smith said that while the shooting has been ruled accidental, “the facts will be presented to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution on both the juvenile and the mother.

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Police have not released the names of the mother or her sons.

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