Nashville, TN (CNN) - The wife of a sheriff's deputy is dead, killed by a four-year-old who picked up a loaded gun during a family cookout. It's a sad, sad set of circumstances.
Having spent his lifetime in law enforcement Sheriff Robert Bryan has witnessed his share of tragedies.
"Yah it is uh, you never prepare yourself for anything like this." But nothing, he will tell you is comparable to this past Saturday. "He was having a family get together you know with the warm weather outside and everything"
An 8 year veteran of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Daniel Fanning walked into his bedroom around 7 or 8 o'clock.
He was actually showing another person that was there at the house some of his weapons he had locked in a secure gun safe. No one, Sheriff Bryan says, saw deputy fanning's 4-year-old nephew walk in to the room.
Split second we're talking about seconds, for that kid to run in that room unbeknownst to them, grab that gun and it goes off. One bullet, from a gun in the hands of a 4 year old somehow hit deputy Fanning's wife Josephine.
They tried CPR over and over; the 48-year-old was gone.
They saw their officer hurting that night, they saw it. As protocol requires the TBI has been called in to investigate.
He took all the precautions; he's a trained law enforcement officer, trains with weapons all the time. If there is a lesson in any of this. Sheriff Bryan will tell you; it's that it can happen to anyone, at anytime. It's just a true accident.