Samuel Epps, an 11-year-old boy, is no longer with us after he shot himself dead this past Tuesday.
The young Arizona native reportedly fired a single shot into his head after getting into an argument about his chores, after which he ran off and locked himself into the master bedroom in his home.
After a few moments, he turned the gun on himself.
“Initial information indicates that Samuel had been asked to complete some chores and he became upset,” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said in a news release.
“Samuel went into the home’s master bedroom and a short time later a single gunshot was heard by other family members.” According to NBC 12, investigators believe that Samuel used an off-duty weapon belonging to his father, who is a supervisor with the Arizona State University Police Department.
When medical staff arrived at the scene, Epps was still breathing and had a pulse, the site reports, but “he was pronounced dead two hours later after being flown to Maricopa Medical Center.”
The site continues:
“This child, from our understanding, had no intention to play with the weapon but to harm himself, and so that dramatic decision was made in this young child’s mind to likely result in ending his life,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. There is no evidence that Samuel exhibited depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts, according to detectives.
This is so tragic. May Samuel Epps rest in peace.
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