Anderson County, SC-- A man who is sworned to protect and serve his community is morning the loss of his child.
That's because investigators said the Deputy's two-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself. The boy allegedly found his father's service gun and pulled the trigger.
Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown says Josiah Tate was at home with his mother when the accident happened.
McCown says a deputy who lives at the home laid his guns on a bedroom counter and left to run errands.
McCown says the boy's mother saw him playing with the gun just seconds before he shot himself in the head Tuesday afternoon in the Colony Mobile Home Park.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper says because the shooting happened at a deputy's home, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate.
Skipper declined to identify the deputy.