NC police officer charged after son accidentally shoots himself

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WXII) — A High Point police officer and his teenage son face charges after the son accidentally shot himself last month at their home, Winston-Salem police said.

Jeffery Boyd, 48, was charged Wednesday with failure to store firearm to protect a minor, while his 16-year-old son was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor. Both charges are misdemeanors in North Carolina.

The teen received minor injuries in the shooting.

High Point police said Friday that an internal review regarding the charges is under way. News partner the High Point Enterprise reported Boyd remains on active duty while the investigation takes place.

The incident was reported Jan. 16 at a home on Thornaby Circle near High Point Road. Boyd’s son was alone at home when he shot himself in the foot with an unsecured handgun, Winston-Salem police said.

Officers seized several guns that were found unsecured in the home, Winston-Salem police said.

Boyd and his son were given criminal summonses to appear in court April 13. Boyd has been with High Point police for 14 years.

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