3-Year-Old Killed by “Accidental Discharge” of Gun

The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old child.

At about 10:51 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, the Minden Medical Center contacted the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office and reported that a three-year-old gunshot victim had been brought to the emergency room by his mother, Brianna Bissel, age 22, of Hwy 80 West, Taylor, Louisiana.

The child, later identified as Timothy Murphy, was pronounced deceased at 11:01 p.m.

Sheriff Ballance described the incident as an accidental discharge of the gun.  The child, his mother, and mother’s boyfriend, Derome Williams, age 19, of Atkins Street in Arcadia, were living in a travel trailer in Taylor.  The victim was in a separate bed in the same room as his mother and her boyfriend.  The gun was in a cabinet within reach of the child.

According to statements of the mother and boyfriend and evidence obtained at the scene no foul play is suspected at this time. A complete investigative report including video statements will be submitted to District Attorney for further review.

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