A veteran Baltimore County police officer has been suspended by the department for allowing his young son to get ahold of his service weapon, according to a release.
Ofc. Timothy Kennedy, a 27-year veteran, was charged with one count of failing to secure a firearm to prevent access by a minor.
Kennedy set his gun down on an armoire in his bedroom on Oct. 11 after he came home from work. Kennedy’s son grabbed the gun off the armoire and fired it, striking a door.
There were no injuries, police said.
The incident was reported to the department on Oct. 12 by Kennedy’s wife, which triggered a criminal investigation.
"This Department has spent much time and effort advocating for gun owners to handle their weapons safely and responsibly, especially when it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of children," said Police Chief James Johnson wrote in a release. "We do not hesitate to enforce gun safety laws, and, as this unfortunate case shows, that includes cases involving our own officers."
Ofc. Kennedy will remain suspended pending the results of the case.
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