Two-year-old "shot and killed his father"
A man was apparently shot dead by his two-year-old son in what US police are calling a horrible accident.
Hoover, Alabama, police Captain Gregg Rector said investigators have ruled out suicide and other scenarios in the death of 31-year-old Divine Vaniah Chambliss.
Chambliss was found shot once in the head in the apartment in Hoover on Tuesday after the mother of his two-year-old son and young daughter returned home from work
He said Mr Chambliss was found shot once in the head in a flat on Tuesday afternoon, and no-one else was inside other than the toddler.
There was no sign of an intruder or a self-inflicted wound, and there was a semi-automatic pistol in the flat.
Police say the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's office has completed a post-mortem and the results are pending.
Captain Rector said it is not difficult for a child to pull a trigger on that kind of weapon, and investigators believe that is what happened.
"It wouldn't be a physical obstacle for a 2 1/2-year-old boy to pull a trigger on a semiautomatic handgun," he told AP, describing how the deadly shooting appeared to be a 'horrible accident'.
"Everyone knows it's a good idea not to have guns around kids, but we don't always practice it."