County officer charged after son discharges service weapon

A veteran Baltimore County police officer has been charged with failing to secure a firearm after his 11-year-old son handled his service weapon, firing it into a bedroom door, according to the department.

Officer Timothy Kennedy's son grabbed his father's gun he had left on an armoire in his bedroom and discharged the gun into a bedroom door on Oct.11, police said.

No one was injured, but Kennedy's wife reported the incident to the department the next day, prompting an investigation. The case was referred to the State's Attorney's Office for review. Detectives applied for a criminal summons on Friday.

Kennedy, a 27-year veteran assigned to the Franklin Precinct, had his police powers suspended and will remain suspended pending the results of the case. After the criminal investigation, the department will conduct an internal investigation.

"This Department has spent much time and effort advocating for gun owners to handle their weapons safely and responsibly, especially when it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of children," Chief James W. Johnson said in a statement. "We do not hesitate to enforce gun safety laws, and, as this unfortunate case shows, that includes cases involving our own officers."

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