Two adults have been charged with felonies and are being sought by police after a 6-year-old boy in Fort Collins accidentally shot and killed himself, authorities said.
Roy Summers died on April 10 after an accidental self-inflicted shooting.
Authorities responded to a call just before 6:30 p.m. saying that a child in a home in the 1200 block of East Lincoln Avenue had shot himself, police said in a news release. Police and emergency responders found the child with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound and transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Following an investigation, Fort Collins police learned that the boy’s mother, Rosinetta Mackall, 40, had taken the handgun the 6-year-old shot himself with out earlier in the day. She is accused of leaving the unsecured weapon laying in an area her children had frequent access to, police said.
Summers is believed to have grabbed the gun and accidentally shot himself hours afterward, police said.
Ron Matthews, Mackall’s husband, was not present at the home or living there at the time of the accident, but police alleged Matthews “lied and tampered with evidence of their conversation” when he was questioned about his interactions with Mackall surrounding the incident.
Mackall has been charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor unlawful storage of a firearm and Matthews has been charged with felony attempt to influence a public servant and misdemeanor tampering with physical evidence.
Both suspects have yet to be arrested, as police have not been successful in locating them.
“The couple’s last contact with authorities was during a civil court hearing on Thursday, April 21, and detectives are concerned that they may have left the area following that virtual appearance,” Fort Collins police said in a release Thursday.
Fort Collins Police Chief Jeff Swoboda warned residents to properly secure their guns to avoid tragedies like Summers’ death.
“While people will be held accountable for their reckless actions, nothing can bring back this little boy,” Swoboda said. “Justice feels like a hollow word in cases like this, but each of us can honor Roy’s life through our own actions.”
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