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Yorkville boy, 11, dies after shooting himself with mom’s service weapon

Updated: March 3, 2014 4:01PM

An 11-year-old Yorkville boy was found dead in his home Tuesday morning after apparently shooting himself with his mother’s service weapon, police said.

According to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, the boy’s mother worked as a sheriff’s deputy.

Yorkville Police Department Deputy Chief Larry Hilt said the death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.

Police were called to the home in the 1400 block of Crimson Lane at around 6:33 a.m.

Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy said the boy suffered from a single gunshot wound. He was at home with his mother when the shooting occurred, Toftoy said.

Hilt said the gun used was the mother’s service weapon. He said police are still investigating how the boy ended up in possession of the gun.

Internal investigation

Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall said an internal investigation is being conducted into the incident and to the deputy’s adherence to department policy regarding the handling and storage of service weapons by employees.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Department requires all issued weapons to be securely stored with a locking mechanism in accordance with state law, he said.

“This is a terrible tragedy, made all the more difficult by the victim’s young age,” Randall said. “Our prayers go out to (the deputy) and her family.”

The boy was a sixth-grade student at Autumn Creek Elementary School in Yorkville School District.

The School District sent out a message to the staff about the boy’s death.

“We have our crisis team meeting with all students in the building by grade level about dealing with the death of a student,” said Yorkville School District Communications Representative Megan Jacobs. “We are providing ongoing support for every student in the building, teachers throughout the district, and any community members needing support.”

Jacobs said the district’s crisis team will meet in the upcoming days to talk about how to address the nature of the death with students.

“Those conversations will be developing,” Jacobs said. “At this point, we are just dealing with the grieving process.”

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