3-year-old son of Maryland Heights police officer dies after shooting self

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 20 at 12:25 PM

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV) – A 3-year-old boy and son of a police officer died Tuesday after accidentally shooting himself.

According to the Maryland Heights Police Department, officers arrived at the scene of the shooting around 5:30p.m., and found that the Daniel Metz had been shot once in the chest. He was taken to DePaul Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The boy's father, Ryan Metz, who's been an officer with the Maryland Heights Police Department for the last three years, was working at the time of the shooting and responded to the call of his son's death. 

Police say the toddler's mother discovered her son and called 911. 
 

The gun Metz used to shoot himself was in his parents' bedroom. 

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