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11-year-old Pinal County boy dies from gunshot

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County authorities say the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy apparently was a suicide.

Sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney says Samuel Epps's father found his fatally wounded son in the family home's master bedroom after family members heard a gunshot.

According to Gaffney, the boy earlier had become upset after the father asked him to complete some chores.

The shooting occurred Tuesday evening after 7 p.m. when the boy went upstairs, locked himself in the room, and shot himself once in the head.

"Father was disciplining the 11-year-old about chores, to make sure he did things, a short time later the child went into the parents master bedroom locked the door, and that is where the weapon was," said Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Gaffney says the boy was breathing when responders arrived but died two hours later at a Phoenix hospital.

He also confirmed that the boy's father is a sergeant with Arizona State University Police.

The boy was a student at Benjamin Franklin Charter School in Queen Creek.

"It's heartbreaking. Our heart goes out to the Epps family and all of those who know and are friends with the family, with the child, and siblings to deal with a traumatic event like this," said Babeu.

Investigators say that the weapon used was a personal weapon and not the sergeant's duty weapon. No charges are expected to be filed although the investigation is still continuing.

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