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Father faces charges after 4-year-old fatally shoots himself

Posted November 16, 2013
Updated November 17, 2013

— Fayetteville police arrested a man Saturday in the death of his 4-year-old son, who accidentally shot himself.

Jefferey Perez, 32, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm, according to police.

Officers responded to the west Fayetteville home, at 1608 Stanford Court, shortly before 11 a.m Saturday.

Fayetteville shooting: Nov. 16, 2013 Fayetteville father faces charges

According to investigators, 4-year-old Killian Perez found the loaded gun on top of the refrigerator before accidentally shooting himself. Emergency crews attempted to treat him, but he was pronounced dead at the home. 

Police said two other children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but they were not harmed. 

Perez is a soldier in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, police said.

He was placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center, but was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond Saturday. 

Less than a month ago, 2-year-old Samarria Tyana Beauford accidentally shot and killed herself after finding a loaded gun under a couch in a home on Graham Road. 

Melvin Andre Clark Jr., 19, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon  in the death of his daughter.


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  • 678devilish Nov 19, 2013


  • 678devilish Nov 19, 2013

    He should have been charged the first day. He did not secured the gun or was it locked. He is in the armed forces so he knew exactly what to do. But he failed his own son. The memories are going to kill him.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 19, 2013

    "I wonder what percentage of gun owners actually use safes or trigger locks?" - Kaitlyn

    Probably small. Of course, not all gun owners have kids in the house. But still, probably a small percentage of those that do, use safes or trigger locks.

  • innocent bystander 3 Nov 18, 2013

    "Anyone who has children knows that "up high" is not a safe place to store items."

    That's the truth. A four year old can climb like a monkey, and is smart enough to use a stick or broom to extend their reach to get something they want up high. An unsecured loaded gun in a house with children is a tragedy waiting to happen.

    I'm not sure about the manslaughter charge, but forfeiture of the right to possess a gun should be a given.

  • Zoey0815 Nov 18, 2013

    A four year old child is dead because a trained soldier did not properly secure his firearm. This situation could have and should have been avoided. Anyone who has children knows that "up high" is not a safe place to store items. My heart breaks for this poor child who lost his life and those who would defend the actions of his father. Children dying by improperly secured firearms is not a forgivable offense.

  • peedoffpopo Nov 18, 2013

    He had the gun up high and out of reach. That is what he thought was a safe place to store it. He did not secure it properly, but I could see the charge of failure to properly secure his gun. I cannot see charging him with involuntary manslaughter. That is just uncalled for in this instance, and yes, I am a police officer.
    Let him take some responsibility, but do not throw him under the bus. He has to live with this forever, and I believe he will punish himself far more than the law ever could.

  • bizarro Nov 18, 2013

    Nope: he is a soldier. He knows better. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Why are you giving him free pass?
    No one is giving him a free pass, but manslaughter seems a bit excessive.

  • Kaitlyn Nov 18, 2013

    There is no place in a home where a gun is "out of reach" of a 4-year old except in a locked gun safe.

    I wonder what percentage of gun owners actually use safes or trigger locks?

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Nov 18, 2013

    This has to be like a nightmare for this family.

  • jonstewartrules Nov 18, 2013

    " what's wrong with our justice system??? slime not charged properly and charged the same as a good person who made a horrible mistake? what ever happened to a "case-by-case basis"???

    What's "wrong" with our justice system is people like you whom we rely upon to be impartial judges of humanity when participating in the jury process, or here making your totally ridiculous comments about other humans, perpetrating racial stereotypes giving others with your like mind more excuses to hate other people not like themselves. YOUR ATTITUDES are the "problem", and education and knowledge, as always, is the solution.