Father charged in accidental shooting of 4-year-old - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Father charged in accidental shooting of 4-year-old

Justin Jones (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff's Office) Justin Jones (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A Lubbock father is facing a felony charge after his 4-year-old son was accidentally shot by the child's 5-year-old brother with the father's gun.

Justin Jones, 32, was arrested early Wednesday. He is charged with injury to a child.

The indictment states that on August 20th Jones ‘did then and there recklessly, by omission cause serious bodily injury Tyler Jones, a child 14 years of age or younger, by failing to secure a readily dischargeable firearm…'

The 4-year-old  boy has since been released from the hospital. We're told it was Jones' work duty weapon that was involved in the shooting. At the time of the shooting, Justin Jones was a jailer for the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. He was terminated from his job Wednesday morning.

In August, Lubbock police reported that Jones told them he was asleep when the shooting took place. Jones said that the child got the gun from the top shelf of his closet.

At the time of the shooting, Jones grandfather, Michael, told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that Justin ran to his house a block away with the injured child in his arms because he did not have a phone to call 911.

CPS is also involved in the investigation.

Jones was taken to the Lubbock County Detention center but was out on bail as of Wednesday evening. His bond was set at $100,000.

Stay with KCBD for the latest developments.

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