An Ohio mother faced a grim Mother’s Day after the accidental death of her son.
Evan Sun was only 4-years-old when he stumbled upon his father’s gun and shot himself in the face. According to police records recovered by PEOPLE Magazine, his father, a newly graduated state trooper, Fu Z. “Frankie” Sun, “was sleeping and had heard a pop sound that awoke him.” A coroner report by Diane Scala-Barnett explained that the noise came from the enforcer’s back-up weapon.
“Apparently, it was his custom to come home, and take off all the guns and everything and put them in a third bedroom and close the door. He didn’t lock anything,” the police report read.
“Evan must have gone into the spare bedroom, found the weapon — which was unsecured — and was probably looking at the weapon, and he discharged it. The gunshot wound goes right into the face — right into his eye,” it continued.
Toledo Police Spokeswoman Lt. Kellie Lenhardt updated that the case was ongoing and active. Meanwhile, Scarl-Barnett ruled the death an accident.
Sun’s mother declined to comment. However, Patrol Superintendent Richard S. Fambro told the news outlet, “The Patrol family is deeply saddened by the devastating loss of Trooper Sun’s child. There are no words to describe such a loss. Our thoughts and prayers have been, and will continue to be, with Trooper Sun, his family, friends, and co-workers.”