Cops Save Boy, 10, Who Shot Self in Face

Officer performed CPR after accidental shooting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2014 3:46 AM CST
"The child is extremely lucky to be alive," the police chief says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy who accidentally shot himself in the face with his father's handgun is still alive thanks to two police officers who arrived minutes after a 911 call. The boy "was lifeless at the time we arrived," the chief of police in Darby Township tells CBS. "One officer drove, one officer performed CPR in the back of the car. They got him to the nearest trauma center ... and he actually was revived." The boy, who found the .357 magnum in his father's car, shot himself in the jaw and "I believe the exit wound was actually on the back of his head," the chief says.

Police say the boy and his sister were in the car waiting for their father to finish work late Saturday night when the boy found the handgun; their mother had reportedly dropped them off. After he was revived at the local hospital, he was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in extremely critical condition; his condition is now listed as stable but guarded. The police chief says there's no sign of foul play, but interviews are still being conducted and there is a chance charges could be filed, reports the Delco Times. (A 4-year-old Ohio boy recently accidentally shot his 3-year-old sister.)

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