Update posted at 11:13 a.m.:
(Metamora, Ind.) - The shooting of a four-year-old boy in Franklin County was a horrible accident.
That’s what Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy says.
The son of Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Mehlbauer, four-year-old Aiden Mehlbauer was shot in the stomach inside his home Wednesday afternoon. He later died at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
The boy’s two young siblings and mother were home at the time. His father had left for his shift with the department just minutes earlier.
Details such as who fired the handgun or who the gun belonged to are not being released yet by the Indiana State Police who are leading the investigation because the case involves the family of a sheriff’s deputy. Sgt. Noel Houze has said more information could be given later Thursday.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by nearby agencies. Grief counseling is being offered to staff members.
Funeral arrangements could be announced soon.
Original story posted at 5:43 a.m.:
(Franklin County, Ind.) - A four-year-old boy is dead after a shooting in Franklin County.
Batesville Police received a 911 call and responded to a home at 20140 Stacy Road near Metamora around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Aiden Mehlbauer took a single gunshot to his abdomen while in his home according to Indiana State Police. The boy was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he died.
Investigators say Mehlbauer was home with his twin brother, six-year-old sister, and mother when the shooting occurred. His father is a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy who was at work at the time.
“Investigators are still piecing together the events which led up to the shooting,” said ISP Sgt. Noel Houze in a news release.
Stay with Eagle 99.3 for new information on this story as it develops.