3-year-old Ryder Rozier, of Guthrie, Oklahoma was visiting his uncle Ian Rozier. Rozier is an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. According to reports, Ryder found a loaded, unlocked handgun on a bedroom nightstand.
Ryder unintentionally shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gun was the trooper's person weapon, not his state-issued gun.
According to his aunt, the family was preparing for Christmas. Ryder was very excited about the upcoming holiday and asked his parents to hurry up and wrap all the presents so he could find them under the tree.
Oklahoma does not have a Child Access Prevention law. Such laws require that guns be kept locked and not accessible by children.