4-year-old boy accidentally shoots, kills Iraq War veteran dad in Arizona

Published June 08, 2013

| FoxNews.com

Authorities in northern Arizona say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his father at a Prescott Valley home.

Prescott Valley police say the shooting occurred just after noon Friday.

The 35-year-old man, identified as Justin Stanfield Thomas, and his young son were visiting from Phoenix and were at a friend's house.

Police say the boy somehow found a gun in the home's living room and accidentally fired it and a bullet hit his father, who was rushed to a hospital where he died. 

The friend was reportedly Thomas' former roommate and it may have been a surprise visit to the home, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported. 

The boy was taken to a police substation to undergo interviews, and did not appear to realize what he did, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported. The boy is now with his mother. 

"At this point there is no indication of any foul play," Prescott Valley Police spokesperson Brandon Bonney told MyFoxPhoenix.com. 

Thomas was an Iraq War veteran with the Army Special Forces and leaves behind two children, the news station reported. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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