Gilroy police are investigating the death of a San Jose police officer's 3-year-old son who was shot on the 7500 block of Kentwood Court in Gilroy Thursday evening.
Both Gilroy police and fire department personnel responded to the call that a 3-year-old boy had been shot around 4:56 p.m.
Upon their arrival, emergency personnel immediately began to treat the boy for life-threatening injuries, but weren’t able to save him, Gilroy Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao wrote in a prepared statement.
"The boy was pronounced dead while enroute to a local hospital," Gallacinao states.
The preliminary investigation by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the victim was shot with a handgun. The incident occurred within his residence and while family members were home, Gallacinao states.
The circumstances surrounding how he was shot remain on-going and are currently being investigated by Gilroy Police detectives, the district attorney’s office and the medical examiner’s office.
Since the death involved a child, the Santa Clara County Child Death Protocol was alerted to ensure the incident is investigated to its fullest.
"The investigation will involve how firearm(s) were stored within the residence," Gallacinao states. "The Gilroy Police Department and San Jose Police Department will continue to ensure the family is supported during this difficult time."
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Gilroy Police Department at (408) 846-0350. Parties wishing to remain anonymous may call We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463 (800-78-Crime).