Hale Co. DA: Evidence shows 4-year-old child did not shoot and kill himself

DA: 4-year-old child's shooting death not accidental
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 6:02 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:10 PM CDT
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GREENSBORO, Ala. (WBRC) - Hale County District Attorney Michael Jackson confirmed to WBRC Thursday that evidence now makes it appear a 4-year-old Greensboro child did not shoot and kill himself.

The father said he lay down on a couch where the gun was, and the gun may have fallen off the couch and gone off, according to Jackson. Jackson said the little boy was on a separate chair.

Jackson said the case will be presented to a Hale Co Grand Jury.

Hale County Coroner Howard Paige identified the victim as Kemar D. Hinton. After the initial report authorities said the shooting appeared to be an accidental, self-inflicted shooting, but several agencies investigated the case.

This shooting happened at the child’s home on Balsa Avenue. Police were called there after 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. Greensboro Police Chief Michael Hamilton said the child was with his father at the time of the shooting. He was taken to Hale County Hospital where he died. With so many unanswered questions, Chief Hamilton explained why it’s important to find out how this happened.

“When a tender age child is involved, it’s just near and dear to my heart that we find out the truth,” Chief Hamilton told WBRC.

No criminal charges have been filed at this time. Greensboro Police, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science are investigating.


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