Cop Charged in Boy's Death at Mass. Gun Show

8-year-old accidentally shot himself with Uzi as father looked on
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 5, 2008 6:36 AM CST
Hampden County, Mass., district attorney William M. Bennett, left, speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, in Springfield, Mass., where the indictments were announced.   (AP Photo/Dave Roback)
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(Newser) – A Massachusetts police chief was indicted after an 8-year-old accidentally killed himself at a gun show the officer helped sponsor, Reuters reports. The boy mistakenly shot himself in the head with an Uzi as his father looked on with a camera. The policeman was indicted for involuntary manslaughter and furnishing a machine gun to a minor; the sports-club site of the show and two men who supplied the gun were also indicted.

The Uzi “is not a hunting weapon. It has a rate of fire of 1,700 rounds per minute,” said the district attorney.